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Colchester detective wins national award for work to catch child abusers

14 October, 2016 – 12:17

Temporary Detective constable Rachel Moss (right) receives her award from Clare Long from Police Mutual

Temporary Detective constable Rachel Moss (right) receives her award from Clare Long from Police Mutual
A trainee detective based in Colchester has won a national award for her work to catch child abusers.

Temporary Detective Constable Rachel Moss, from Essex Police, won
the New Trainee Detective of the Year Award at the The Police
Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) last night.
She
was presented with the award in recognition for her work targeting sex
abusers in the 18 months since she moved onto child sex crimes teams.
In
spite of difficulties, which sometimes involved re-opening previous
investigations, she was able to secure numerous convictions, including a
farmer for grooming and sexually assaulting vulnerable young girls he
employed, an 11-year prison sentence for a dangerous offender, and a
conviction and Sexual Harm Prevention Order secured following
allegations of one brother raping his younger brother.
T/Det Con Moss worked tirelessly to promote the case even though the victim’s family would not support a prosecution.
PFNDF
chairman Martin Plummer said: “PFNDF is proud to reward the intricate,
dedicated and innovative investigations carried out by detectives
throughout England and Wales.
“This year’s awards again showcase the very best of detectives’ work both individually and collectively.
“Nominations
from constabularies around the entire country have again highlighted
incredible tenacity, perseverance and dedication by detectives to
overcome all obstacles ensuring justice for the victims of crime of some
of the worst offences imaginable.”
Fellow Essex Police detective
Pc Paul Gerrish, currently a field intelligence officer, was shortlisted
in but narrowly missed out in the Smarter Detective category.
He
was nominated for his work in the motor trade to hunt down offenders and
uncovering links to serious and organised crime and a murder
investigation, as well as stolen cars.
A team of Metropolitan
Police detectives from Scotland Yard’s SO15 Counter Terrorism Command
won the Detective Investigation of the Year award for foiling a terror
plot to kill US soldiers near RAF bases in East Anglia, including RAF
Lakenheath.
The team, led by Detective Superintendent Peter
Holdcroft and Detective Chief Inspector Mike Jolly, mounted a
fast-moving investigation to stop delivery driver Junead Khan after
learning he planned to stage a road traffic accident to withdraw a
victim from his car before killing him with a knife in a ‘Lee
Rigby-style’ attack. Khan was convicted in May this year and sentenced
to life imprisonment.

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