A COLLEGE worker who helped secure the conviction of a murderer, officers who helped save the life of their inspector and a team whose work led to a sex offender being jailed have been honoured at Harrow's police commendation ceremony.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Service were presented awards in front of friends and family at the Zoroastrian Centre, in Rayners Lane, last Friday Chief Superintendent Dal Babu OBE, Harrow's borough commander.
Speaking at the event, Mr Babu said: "I have been a police officer for 27-and-a-half years and I am still amazed to hear about the dedication and bravery of Harrow's police officers and staff. This was a great opportunity to acknowledge the great work of staff and colleagues."
* THE detective who led the investigation into the murder of a Somali teenager has been awarded for his determination and professionalism.
Kul Hawadleh and two other friends were attacked at the Total Petrol Station in High Street, Wealdstone, on February 19, 2009. Mr Hawadleh was stabbed to death.
Detective Inspector Martin Ludlow managed to track down Abdul Khan, who fled Britain following the killing, and made sure he was extradited back to the UK. Khan was convicted of the murder and jailed for 22 years.
He said: "It was complicated because Khan fled the UK and we believe he was heading for Afghanistan where it would have been more difficult to have him extradited.
"We had to gain the trust of the Somali community and I hope that we will continue to have good links."
Another invaluable person involved in the murder case was Harrow College worker Debbie Hartley, who supported one of the key witnesses in the case. She said: "I am amazed I have been commended. I just wanted to help a young person and give them the support they needed."
* ON JANUARY 15 last year, three officers were responding to a 999 call when their car overturned in West Street, Harrow.
Inspector Andy Jackson suffered life-threatening injuries to his neck and back, and Sergeant Carter had a serious head injury; he lost two litres of blood at the scene.
Sergeant Vicky Brownlee managed to get out of the car and, having realised her colleagues were seriously hurt, she called for help.
The first officer on the scene was Detective Constable Marcus Crane, who remained calm and professional while treating DS Carter, who was losing a lot of blood. Constable Mark Palin then arrived and used his experience as a former paramedic to help the officers.
Constable Tom Kotze and Constable Tom Harding also proved instrumental in helping the injured. Mr Kotze, 25, said: "It makes it harder when you are dealing with your colleagues. You just want to do the best you can. Inspector Jackson has made a remarkable recovery, which is testament to what a great person he is."
Mr Jackson suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck and two fractures in his back. The consultants at The Royal Free and Stoke Mandeville hospitals said that if it had not been for the officers at the scene he would have been left paralysed.
He has since returned to work and recently ran 10k for charity.
* CONSTABLE Mick Milner was commended for serving the Metropolitan Police Service for 34 years. Over the years he has not only served Harrow but also the Royal Family. He was placed in the Royal Protection Unit in 1985 before being assigned to the Royal Household, undertaking protection duties across the UK. Mr Milner has also been key in introducing Safer Neighbourhoods Teams across the borough. He was commended for his professionalism and dedication to duty.
Against all odds victim recovered
OFFICERS who faced a most horrific and traumatic crime scene have been honoured for their bravery.
On September 25, 2009, PCs Kim Cruse, Thomas Monteath, Daniel Roberts and Antonia Leggett were called to an address in St Andrew's Drive, Stanmore, where they found a man who had cut his throat.
They tried to give him first aid but, despite their efforts, the man died.
The police discovered there was a woman also involved in the incident and were directed to an address in Edgware. Once inside the building PCs Anthony King, Ian Cheetham, Ranjit Athwal, Richard Taylor and Peter Madden found the woman who had been attacked with a meat tenderiser with an axe type head.
Against all odds, the woman made a full recovery thanks to the life saving first aid provided by police. All the officers were commended for bravery, tenacity and professionalism for dealing with a violent crime scene.
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Police officers who were awarded include:
* PS Darren Doyle
**PS Peter Madden
**PC Kim Cruse
**PC Thomas Monteath
**PC Antonia Leggett
**PC Daniel Roberts
**PC Bahar Erdem
**PC Soheil Akbary
**PC Anthony King
**PC Ian Cheetham
**PC Ranjit Athwal
**PC Richard Taylor
* Harrow Jigsaw Team
**PS Vicky Brownlee
**DC Marcus Crane
**PC Mark Palin
* PC Tom Kotze
**PC Tom Harding
**DI Martin Ludlow
**PC Mick Milner
**PCSO Andrew Brooks
**PCSO Helen Fuller
**PCSO Joanna Look
**PCSO Louise Banner
**PC Lucy Parry
**PC Kam Nandha
**DI James McEvoy
**DS Lee Dempster
**PC Tom Galvin
**PS Sutinderjit Mahill
**PS John Mason