Officers get prestigious police awards

Stuart Kinton
Stuart Kinton

POLICE officers from Eastwood and Kimberley received two of the county’s most prestigious awards at a recent force ceremony.

Detective Inspector Stuart Kinton who lives in Kimberley was honoured with the lifetime achievement award and special constable Derek Coddington who works in Eastwood was awarded for being Nottinghamshire’s best volunteer officer.

DI Kinton said: “It was a lovely surprise when I was told about it. It gives me great pride to see that things have been acknowledged.”

In a 30-year career, DI Kinton has been instrumental in detecting some of the most high-profile cases in Nottinghamshire, including the abduction of baby Abigail Humphries in 1994 and the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Danielle Beccan a decade later.

He has also raised nearly £80,000 for charity in memory of Phil Whittaker, a colleague who died of cancer ten years ago.

As part of the fundraising he has organised regular events every year, including charity football matches and an annual golf day, which raised £400 in its first year and £11,000 this year.

A Nottinghamshire police spokesman said: “His vast experience in the fields of major crime and homicide has earned DI Kinton huge respect from his colleagues, as has his charity work.”

At the same ceremony, Sgt Coddington, who has volunteered in the force for over 20 years, won Special Constabulary Officer of the Year.

The force spokesman added: “Despite juggling his specials duties with a full-time job, Sgt Coddington is among the force’s most dependable volunteer officers, arriving early to ensure he is fully briefed and leaving long after his shift should have ended to ensure his team has completed its work.

“He has been instrumental in the policing of anti-social behaviour problems in and around Eastwood and effectively deploys his officers to the tasks required of them.”

Sgt Coddington said: “It came as a surprise. I work full-time as an electrical contractor but I go in whenever I can.”

The annual force awards ceremony was held in Hucknall and recognises achievement, hard work, dedication to duty and bravery.

Chief Constable Julia Hodson said: “Nights like these are a great opportunity to honour those who are unswerving in their dedication and commitment to reducing crime, saving people’s lives and making our communities safer.

“It is an evening to recognise officers and staff who consistently, and exceptionally, serve our communities by demonstrating real courage or delivering to the highest possible standards.”