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Top award for town PC

PC Chris Hamilton at Ilkeston Police Station.
PC Chris Hamilton at Ilkeston Police Station.

An Ilkeston police officer who tracked down a thief who stole from a pensioner selling poppies, has been awarded the Divisional Commander’s Cup.

Police Constable Chris Hamilton, a safer neighbourhood officer for the town, was presented with the cup at an awards ceremony at Derbyshire Cricket Club. He was nominated by Ilkeston inspector, Nick Daines.

PC Hamilton, 43, who began his policing career eight years ago, said: “I didn’t join the police force for awards but it’s always nice to be acknowledged in this manner.

“In three years of being a town centre police officer I have enjoyed meeting the good folk of Ilkeston and detecting and deferring crime or the fear of it.”

PC Hamilton was responsible for bringing a man who stole a handbag from a poppy seller to justice. Carl Reeve was caught as a result of ‘tenacity’, local knowledge and some good old-fashioned digging. Reeves was jailed for 26 weeks in November.

PC Hamilton added: “The award was very much a surprise. I only found out three weeks before that I had been nominated. I was shocked but overall very happy.”

In his nomination, Inspector Daines noted PC Hamilton’s work on the Reeves case, and his work to obtain the town’s first anti-social behaviour order for shoplifting. He said: “The cup is awarded to an outstanding officer who has consistently demonstrated the forces’ values.

“I nominated him and was very pleased to do so. Chris is not only an outstanding safer neighbourhood officer but delivers in all other areas of our efforts to keep Ilkeston safe as well. If there was a phrase to describe Chris’ attitude to policing, it would be ‘above and beyond’. He’s a very deserving winner and Ilkeston is lucky to have him.”

The award is presented by chief superintendent of Derbyshire Constabulary, Jack Atwal.