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Sussex detective in the running for top national award

10 Oct, 2018 16:51 News

A Sussex detective has been nominated for a top national award.

Detective Chief Inspector Clare Shiel has been shortlisted for the services to detectives category at the Police Federation National Detectives' Forum (PFNDF) Awards.

The awards ceremony will be held in Manchester on Thursday evening (11 October).

Clare, who retires this month, became a detective in 1995 and has acted as a role model and mentor to detectives across the force.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Hale said: "Clare provided excellent leadership skills, developing previously inexperienced staff, many of whom have now chosen criminal investigations as a career pathway.

"The biggest difference she makes is on the day to day investigations, where she is always involved, guiding in that most unique of ways, leaving her staff with the impression that the way forward was all their idea, thereby developing not just their knowledge and skills but confidence, through this coaching approach.

"Every Detective Sergeant that has come through Brighton Investigations in the past ten years have developed and owe their detective prowess, to some extent to Clare. No matter how busy she is or pressures she is under, she always makes time for staff development."

The awards categories this year are: Smarter Detective, New Trainee, Detective Investigation of the Year and Services to Detectives, as well as regional Recognition Awards for those who make outstanding contributions to detective policing, often behind the scenes. Nominations are now closed and there have been in excess of 180.

Chief Constable Giles York said: "I am delighted for Clare. Her hard work and dedication has made a huge difference to those she has worked with in the force and transformed the lives of many members of the public who she served over the years."

PFNDF Chair Martin Plummer said: "The standard this year has been incredibly high and shows what we know to be true – that we have the best police service in the world. I feel privileged and humbled to be on the judging panel, though it will be incredibly difficult to narrow the entries down to a handful of winners."

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