Jen scoops top gong for leadership at national policing awards
The “outstanding leadership style" of an inspector from Wolverhampton has helped her scoop a top national award from the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP).
Jen Richards , a police officer with almost 30 years service, is set to pick up the gong at a prestigious awards ceremony being held in Stratford-upon-Avon later this year.
News of the win was announced by the BAWP, an organisation which brings together women of all ranks and grades within the police service.
One of the people who nominated Jen , PC Joe Trusselle, described her as “absolutely selfless" and a “truly inspirational leader".
He said: “Jen hasn’t moved away from her post as neighbourhood policing manager in over six years and that says everything to me.
“She has been a driving force behind the productivity of hundreds of staff, resulting in her area being named “best performing sector" time and time again."
It’s not the first time the inspector has been recognised; in November last year she picked up a commendation at the West Midlands Association for Women (WMAWP) in Policing Awards.
And in 2012 the 50-year-old was given the Outstanding Police Contribution Award for promoting a sports project to engage young people as part of a national inclusion project.
In February 2013, when Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer, she worked up until the days before having major surgery and was back at work within six weeks.
Her enormity of strength was shown when, whilst ill herself and recovering from surgery, she carried out welfare visits on her own staff who themselves were off work sick.
On winning the award, Inspector Richards said: “To say it was a complete shock would be an understatement!
“What’s been the most pleasing thing is that the nomination came from staff who work for me, which means far more than if it had come from the bosses.
“I don’t want this to be a big thing around my illness because everyone struggles with their health, as well as work and home issues − so long as we support them, they will always be able to achieve."
Picture caption: Insp. Jen Richards picks up the Leadership Award from Chief Supt. Emma Barnett at the 2013 WMAWP Awards.