Salisbury officer recognised for 'outstanding' commitment

Salisbury officer recognised for 'outstanding' commitment

Published by Jack Deery at 9:00am 25th December 2019.

2 minute read

Police Constable James Barrett was given the Daniel Cooper Memorial award at the Wiltshire Police Awards Ceremony.

The award is there to remember the life of PC Dan Cooper, who died aged 22 when his patrol car collided with a tree while on duty in February 2010. 

It's given someone who shows outstanding commitment to the force, something Dan is fondly remembered for. 

PC Cooper's parents, Heather and Andy, along with others from Wiltshire Police had the job of selecting a worthy winner, and they chose PC James Barrett from Salisbury's CPT

PC James Barrett winning award
Dan Cooper's parents, Heather and Andy, presented James (right) with his award

PC Barrett's sergeant described him as

"The first officer to arrive at the beginning of the shift and usually the last to leave. He has a passion for policing across the board and is an excellent community officer. He takes ownership for his work and always demonstrates the highest level of commitment to his job.

James treats everyone with respect. He shows great empathy when dealing with victims ensuring they are kept up to date with the investigations. When dealing with suspects, regardless of the circumstances, James will listen and treat them the same as any other member of the public. This award is recognition of his commitment to setting high standards and delivering an exceptional level of service to Wiltshire Police and the communities we serve."

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said:

"Dan is remembered by his colleagues, as a warm, humorous, engaging, professional young man and police officer.  

At the heart of what policing meant to Dan, was an unwavering commitment to treating people, regardless of their background and circumstances, with dignity, respect and care."

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