Issued on 11/10/17 at 6:00 a.m.
An officer from Braunstone has been awarded the Moore and Munn Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance.
PC Samantha Richardson was announced as Patrol and Resolution Team (PRT) Officer of the Year at the Chief Constable’s Commendations last week, and was presented with the trophy which is dedicated to the memory of PC Bryan Moore and PC Andy Munn who were tragically killed while on duty.
Samantha, who has worked for the force for 15 years, said “I feel truly overwhelmed to be chosen as PRT Officer of the Year. I wanted to be a police officer since the age of 11, following a Police Awareness Week at school.
“The most rewarding part of my job is helping victims and knowing that I have done so to the best of my ability, hopefully making a difference to their lives. I love coming to work and doing the job that I wanted to do since I was young. I have still got the same work ethic and motivation that I had on my first day.
“I work with some great colleagues and I was nominated alongside some fantastic officers so I feel very humbled".
Sergeant Jim Harvey, who nominated Samantha, said: “I had no hesitation in putting Sam forward for this award. She is an exceptional officer who consistently performs at a high level.
"The service Sam delivers to the public is second to none; she is the role model that other officers should strive to be. She treats everyone with the greatest respect, and deals with incidents in a fair and professional manner.”
Inspector Siobhan Gorman supported the nomination, saying: “Samantha is professional, empathetic, brave and strong. She has consistently demonstrated her superb communication skills, decision making and unfaltering commitment to Leicestershire Police.
“So many officers look up to her and see her as a role model. She doesn’t just do her job she shows how the job should be done.”