Detective Inspector Damien Kennedy and Crime Officer Melissa Dayton honoured

Police officers from St Albans have been recognised for their service and commitment to Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Two officers who live in the city were recognised at an awards ceremony at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday, December 5.

Detective Inspector Damien Kennedy was given an award for his part in convicting paedophile John Maber.

Maber, who lived in Bushey, pleaded guilty to 26 offences of child sexual abuse in July.

DI Kennedy, who lives in St Albans, was part of the sexual offences investigation team at Welwyn Garden City that dealt with the case.

Crime officer Melissa Dayton, who also lives in St Albans, has recieved a long service for 20 years in the force. Ms Dayton currently works as a crime scene officer in Watford.

Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: "The awards recognise occasions when police officers, police staff and members of the public have acted in an outstandingly courageous or resourceful manner, over and above what could be expected of them.

"All of our recipients are exceptional people, and this is their special occasion.

"Tonight is both a celebration of those who have gone the extra mile and an opportunity to say a big thank you to family and friends who offer such fantastic support."

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