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The Equality and Diversity Award presented to DS Steven Chadwick, DC Jane Howle and DC Zoe Williamson - Investigative Services

The award is open to individuals or groups of either police officers, special constables, police staff or any combination thereof. The focus must be on delivering excellent policing services to communities, clear success in managing a specific operation/operations or investigation/investigations. Special effort will have been made to reach out to and engage with a particular group.


Operation Transform was an investigation into Clive Brown, a 43-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, who had sexually exploited and physically abused women for over 27 years.

DS Chadwick and DC Howle
DC Howle and DS Chadwick
He targeted young, vulnerable women and began what they believed were genuine relationships. He used violence, threats, humiliation and sexual abuse to control them and would very quickly force them to work in massage parlours or as prostitutes.

The investigation was led by DS Chadwick and included DCs Howle and Williamson.

Over 140 potential victims and a number of other suspects were identified. Eight of the victims were carefully selected to form the basis of the prosecution. The team maintained close relationships with the witnesses to ensure their commitment did not waiver towards the court process.

When Brown was arrested he denied all allegations, but when faced with the standard and scale of the evidence he was forced to plead guilty.

In sentencing Brown to life imprisonment His Honour Judge Rafferty awarded the officers with a Judicial Commendation for the standard of investigation and the care provided to the victims.

DS Chadwick, DC Howle and DC Williamson worked very effectively with partners to provide very vulnerable victims with a first class service, giving them complete confidence in Staffordshire Police and the justice system.

The Chief Constable is delighted to present the Equality and Diversity Award to Steven Chadwick and Jane Howle. Unfortunately Zoe Williamson cannot be with us tonight.