A POLICE officer from Chichester who cancelled his holiday to help recapture a convicted murderer who had fled from Ford Open Prison has been commended with a special award.
PC Stephen Reed even came in on his days off to put Paul Flint back behind bars at the end of last year and at Monday night’s Sussex Police Awards, he was commended with the Outstanding Personal Responsibility Award.
Chief Inspector Jon Hull said: “He loves keeping the public safe by catching criminals. Indeed his work has led to the capture of around 30 wanted people already this year.
“This award is about catching criminals and shows his commitment and tenacity.
“In September last year, Steven was making enquires into Paul Flint who had absconded from Ford prison.
“Flint had been jailed in 1998 for a serious offence and there was information that while on the run he was committing offences in Sussex.
“It is clear we wanted to put Flint back behind bars and that is obviously what we did.
“Working on various leads, Steven managed to find out that Flint had connections in Brighton, London and Dorset.
“And Steve, knowing how important Flint’s recapture was to us, came in on his days off and even cancelled a holiday.”
It was because of his tenacity that he got a break which led to Flint’s recapture.
Ch Insp Hull added: “He demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and tenacity in dealing with enquiries and high levels of media interest.”
The awards night also saw PC Daniel Julian, also from Chichester, scoop the Outstanding Frontline Award for detaining a drunk driver at the end of a dramatic high-speed chase.
Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw said: “In the early hours of October 27, 2013 while on routine patrol, PC Dan Julian witnessed a truck being driven erratically in Chichester.
“The vehicle failed to comply with PC Julian’s indication to stop and drove off at speed.
“Working alone, PC Julian provided a clear calm commentary, taking evasive action when the driver attempted to ram the police vehicle.
“The driver decamped, pursued on foot by PC Julian who detained the driver until help arrived.
“The driver was arrested for failing to stop when required and for being unfit to drive through drink and drugs. PC Julian is commended for his dedication and commitment to public service.”