8:00am Saturday 3rd November 2012
A CHELMSFORD police officer has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to supporting victims and witnesses.
DCI Denise Morrissey, based at police HQ in the city, was rewarded at the National Police Bravery Awards.
DCI Morrissey, who joined the Essex force in December 1997, has worked through her career to develop strong links with other agencies – particularly Victim Support – to ensure the best possible help for crime victims and witnesses.
Among her many achievements has been working alongside Victim Support on a customer-centred service that ensures early and efficient contact with victims of offences.
In 2009, while serving as temporary chief inspector, she played a major role in planning and launching sexual assault referral centres, which ensure the highest level of service to victims of sexual violence.
In 2011, she became the leading police officer dealing with domestic abuse and vulnerable victims.
She is currently promoting a central referral unit, which brings together all the necessary agencies to create a better service for victims.
DCI Morrissey was nominated for the award by Victim Support’s Essex and Hertfordshire Division, which said she “would be a most worthy recipient” of the award.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “The Victim Support award is a very worthy addition to the Police Bravery Awards.
“DCI Morrissey is a commendable winner and a credit to the police service.”
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