Student Officer of the Year 2017

Issued on 9/10/17 at 4:08 p.m.

An officer from Beaumont Leys has been named Leicestershire Police’s Student Officer of the Year 2017.

PC Rebecca Evans has been recognised for her ability to problem solve and use her practical policing skills to conduct investigations, make arrests and deal with incidents. She has shown skills which far exceed those expected of an officer with just two years service. She joined the force in 2015 and is currently working in the Force Investigation Unit.

On receiving her award Rebecca said: "I was very proud to be put forward for this award and go on to win it, for what I believe is just coming to work and doing my job. I am extremely lucky to have worked within some fantastic teams within my first two years of service from whom I have learned a lot.”

PC Paul Hicks, who was Rebecca’s tutor, said: “Having tutored Rebecca during her probationary period in the Force Investigation Unit, her work was always to the highest of standard and she was an absolute pleasure to tutor.”

Rebecca’s became involved in a complicated and lengthy burglary case. She had to familiarise herself with the complexities of the investigation, which involved four suspects; a large number of exhibits and various forensic opportunities. She was instrumental in completing the case file in a concise and clear manner as well as the extensive exhibits list, all of which were to a high standard above and beyond the standards from a student officer at her level of service.

Rebecca also played a part in reassuring a victim of assault. She took the lead and obtained a detailed statement from the victim ensuring that all the points to prove were covered and ensuring it conveyed the full extent of the serious incident. It was Rebecca’s service delivery and attention to detail that led to a successful prosecution.

Detective Inspector Ali Tompkins, from the Force Investigation Unit, said: “Rebecca’s achievements and skills as a police officer far exceed those normally seen at her level of service. She is comfortable in whatever environment she finds herself and her communication skills are second to none. I would like to think that she will go on to make a great Detective Sergeant, Inspector and beyond, as she is already a great inspiration to others.

“I can only say that as a student constable, a police officer, and a person, she is exceptional.”

Head of Crime and Intelligence, Detective Chief Superintendent David Sandall, added: “Rebecca is clearly very well respected by her supervisors and peers and has demonstrated skills and abilities well above her peers. Rebecca is highly motivated, works hard and tries to deliver a positive policing service to victims, often achieving great results and locking up offenders.

“Rebecca should be really proud of her progress to date and it is clear that she will have a successful career ahead of her if she can continue to develop and perform at this level.”

Rebecca was presented with her award at the Chief Constable’s Commendation Ceremony, at Leicestershire Police’s Headquarters, on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

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