Anglia Ruskin hosts first Essex Justice Awards evening

Published: 19 October 2005 at 15:44

A new set of awards for people who work within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) has been introduced to Essex to honour 'outstanding' members of the criminal justice process, including the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Probation Service.

The people being honoured by the new awards are those who work to prevent and detect more crime, give victims and witnesses more support and punish and rehabilitate more offenders. 

The inaugural Essex Justice Awards 2005 event, staged at the Michael A Ashcroft Building on the University's Rivermead campus on 10 October 2005, recognised the exceptional achievements of individual staff, volunteers and project teams working within the system. Around 120 participants and guests from the sector attended this collaborative event organised by representatives from the CJS and members of the Law School at Anglia Ruskin University. 

The Awards:

Caring for Victims and Witnesses

This award recognises outstanding achievement and commitment in supporting witnesses emotionally and practically. Awards of Excellence were presented to:

  • Louise Simpson, Colchester Criminal Justice Unit
  • Sgt Ian Carter, Proactive Essex Police Youth Strategy (PEPYS) Project Manager.

Working with Offenders

This award recognises outstanding achievement and commitment in reducing re-offending or improving the rehabilitation of offenders. An Award of Excellence was presented to Sister Philomena Purcell, Roman Catholic Chaplain, HMPS Chelmsford. 

Long Service

This award recognises continued commitment and dedication to improving the CJS. An Award of Excellence was presented to Jeanette Hopkins, Court Officer, Basildon Crown Court Liaison Probation Team. 

CJS Innovation Award

This award recognises commitment to pioneering a new way of working and bringing about clear improvements to the CJS. Awards of Excellence were made to CPS Case Progression Officers at Criminal Justice Units:

  • Sara Moralee, Colchester
  • Samantha Doyle, Laindon
  • Trefor Davies, Harlow
  • Lesley Chipps, Southend.

Caring for Victims and Witnesses

This award recognises outstanding achievement in bringing demonstrable improvements to their experience of the criminal justice process. An Award of Excellence was made to the Victim Contact Unit:

  • Lesley Phillips, Manager
  • Roland Clark
  • Debbie Anderson
  • Marian Levy
  • Jacquie Archer, Team Administrator

Outstanding contribution in Engaging and Involving Communities in Criminal Justice

An Award of Excellence was made to the Proactive Essex Police Youth Strategy Team:

  • Ian Carter
  • Ruth Collin
  • Alison Bennett
  • Josie Dowling

Partnership of the Year

(Working across CJS and have helped in producing improvements by working in partnership)

Joint Winners of the Award of Excellence were:

  • Inspector Kevan Griggs, Essex Police Criminal Justice Department Command Team
  • Jenny Portway, Senior CPS Prosecutor

Some of the nominees have been entered into the National Justice Awards judging which takes place later in October, and following this national finalists and winners will be invited by the Office of Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) to a special awards ceremony in London on November 2.

The High Sheriff of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, attended the event to present the awards. The award ceremony was preceded by a quiz evening for teams across the CJS agencies and partnership organisations, including Victim Support, Witness Service, Courts Board and the Law Faculty at Anglia Ruskin University.

Head of Law, Kathy Quinlan from Anglia Ruskin University's Law School said:

"I am delighted that the Anglia Law School, as part of Anglia Ruskin University was able to host this special awards evening. The Justice Awards 2005 reflect the excellence and endeavour of those individuals who make a dramatic difference to people's lives, every day.”

"The presence of the High Sheriff of Essex emphasises the importance and significance of these particular awards. I would like to congratulate all the winners from the evening. Anglia Ruskin is proud to form this link with the Essex Justice Awards and look forward to hosting the evening again next year."

The 2005 Awards follow on from the initial awards established by Baroness Scotland, Minister of State for the CJS and Law Reform, held last year.