INDIVIDUALS have been recognised for contributions to policing at Dorset Police's annual awards ceremony.

This event, which took place at Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne, included the presentation of 24 awards.

Kevin Sargent was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 'dedication and professionalism'. Kevin joined Dorset Police in 1986 as a dispatcher and by 2013 had secured the operations manager role in the force command centre.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "Kevin has gone above and beyond the terms of what can be expected and has worked hard to make sure the first point of contact for the public is as professional as possible."

Meanwhile, Sergeant Andy Jenkins received the Leadership Award for his work in developing and leading the county lines neighbourhood team for Weymouth.

The spokesman said: "Andy’s vision was clear in how he could address the problem of county lines, he recognised that many of those involved were exploited and vulnerable people. Therefore, he focused on building relationships with victims in order to gain their trust."

Honours were presented by Chief Constable James Vaughan, High Sheriff Philip Warr, Police & Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, former chairman of the lay custody visitors Kathleen Emery, and previous Dorset Chief Constables, Jane Stichbury and Dirk Aldous.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “It is always humbling to present these awards to our officers, staff, volunteers and partners.

"Our teams work incredibly hard and it is only right that we recognise them for their efforts in preventing and detecting crime and supporting victims.”

Police & Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “The dedication, bravery and professionalism I see from Dorset Police officers, staff and volunteers on a daily basis never fails to fill me with admiration.

“It was a great honour for me to have presented some of these well-deserved awards.

“It was a great honour for me to have presented some of these well-deserved awards, and I was particularly proud to have met one of Dorset’s first police cadets."