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Officer dedicated to combat fraud awarded British Empire Medal

News   •   May 08, 2019 15:25 BST

An officer dedicated to tackling fraudsters has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

PC Bernadette Lawrie attended the mayor's parlour at Worthing town hall and was presented with the medal by West Sussex Lord Lieutenant, Susan Pyper, on Tuesday (May 7).

PC Lawrie was recognised in the New Year Honours list for her work in the force's Op Signature team. The team have been leading the way nationally in how to combat fraudsters who particularly target the elderly and most vulnerable members of our community.

PC Lawrie said: "I was absolutely thrilled to have been recognised in this way for my work with Sussex Police, protecting vulnerable victims of fraud and it was an honour to be presented with the medal this week. I am most grateful to those within Sussex Police who have believed in me and supported me over the years to achieve this milestone.

"I joined Sussex Police to ‘make a difference’ and through the implementation of Operation Signature both locally and nationally I feel I have really done this. I am extremely passionate about what I do, working with a variety of agencies to protect fraud victims.

"I will continue to raise the profile of scams and fraud and the policing response to this."

Chief Constable Giles York said: "A huge congratulations to Bernadette who has proved herself to be a compassionate and self-motivated officer who has quite literally transformed the safety of so many elderly and vulnerable people. Her work is ground-breaking and far-reaching. I'm delighted to see it recognised."

Author: Jenni Nuttall
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