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Staffordshire detective wins third place in top award

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Staffordshire Police's longest serving female officer, Detective Constable Trudi Rogerson, has won third place in a national award at this year's Police Federation National Detective Forum ceremony.

The ceremony, which took place last night (11 October) at The Renaissance Hotel in Manchester, saw Trudi shortlisted for the Annual Services to Detectives Award. On the night, despite amazing competition from detectives across the country, Trudi received third place.

Trudi joined Staffordshire Police in March 1981 and has given over 37 years' continuous service in operational roles. In 1988, Trudi was one of the first female officers to join CID and has worked in a variety of investigative roles within the organisation.

Her experience as a Detective Constable is unparalleled within Staffordshire Police and she has worked on a huge variety of criminal investigations with local, regional, national and international focus, significantly contributing to positive outcomes on many occasions.

Trudi has also formed professional bonds with extremely vulnerable female witnesses who have found themselves involved with families who have gone on to commit serious crimes. On many occasions, Trudi has worked hard with individuals to build their trust in her and the criminal justice process as a whole. Her patience with witnesses has secured extremely valuable testimony that has directly led to positive outcomes on a regular basis over many years.

Similarly, another important and particularly challenging area of criminal investigation in which Trudi has become an acknowledged expert is that of family liaison. She has worked closely with countless families over many years and has provided support, reassurance and assistance to those whose lives have been shattered by the impact of the most serious crimes.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Trudi said: "To be shortlisted for this award is a huge privilege and I am truly honoured. I'd like to thank all my colleagues at the force for their support over the years and for always inspiring me. To still be doing the job I love 37 years later is wonderful and I wouldn't change one minute of it."

Trudi was nominated for the award by her boss Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy. Simon said: "Trudi is the epitome of a 'team player' and regularly provides support and assistance to those around her. She is the longest serving female officer Staffordshire Police has ever had and she remains as enthusiastic, motivated, professional and committed as the day she joined. Trudi is an excellent ambassador for the service and an exemplary role model to fellow officers and staff."

Staffordshire Police have had success in this award in the past, with the now retired DCI Darren Harding winning it in 2014 after his work on a murder investigation.  

11 Oct 2018 13:58:39 BST
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