POLICE who played a part in efforts to bring Geeta Aulakh's killers to justice have received awards for their professionalism and dedication.
They were handed their awards at a ceremony at Trailfinders Rugby Club, in Vallis way, Ealing, in May but details could not be released until now for legal reasons.
Although 30 officers were involved at the time, eight were singled out for the awards reflecting the difficult roles they performed.
Sergeant Sean Snaith was one of the first to arrive and desperately tried to give Geeta Aulakh first aid, helped by acting sergeant Chris Dookie and PCs Lucy Herson and Paul O'Brien. They continued to help the ambulance crew when they arrived. PC Lucy Herson put Mrs Aulakh's severed hand with some bags of frozen food which she got from a nearby resident before giving it to her colleague PC Alison Kelly.
PC Kelly, who had only been on the response team a week, then accompanied Geeta Aulak to Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith.
The rest of the PCs, including PC Sarah Waller, helped set up cordons to protect the cordons.
PC Kelly was asked to search Mrs Aulakh's clothing by detective sergeant Chris Denman who then began scouring databases for possible addresses for her.
Detective sergeant Denman went to one of the homes where he was met by Mrs Aulakh's family and had to break the tragic news. He helped arrange a police car to rush her family to hospital as Mrs Aulak's condition was deteriorating, before driving around with her two small children in a bid to find their father's home, unaware at the time that Harpreet Aulakh orchestrated the murder. He also had to tell them that their mother was gravely ill.
Sergeant Jeremy Broughton went to the hospital and was present when Mrs Aulakh was pronounced dead, along with PC Kelly who also attended the post mortem the following morning.
Inspector Georgia Williams led the team, making sure everything that needed to be done was carried out.
Superintendent Ian Jenkins, the deputy borough commander, said: “It was an extremely challenging crime scene and a very distressing situation which officers dealt with in an extremely professional manner."