Sussex Police Office Honoured
30 December 2017, 09:08 | Updated: 30 December 2017, 09:10
A Sussex Police officer who has led on a ground-breaking partnership to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Eastbourne has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year honours list.
PC Virginia 'Ginny' Jupp, 60, joined Sussex Police in 1995 and for the past 14 years has been the ASB officer for Eastbourne district. She has been a leading force both on the district and East Sussex division for ensuring that antisocial behaviour and hate crime is recognised by officers at a peer level as well at a senior level to ensure that victims receive the support and help that they need. This was long before ASB was recognised as being as impactive as it is.
She has also led the way in ensuring effective use of all available legislation to bring offenders to justice, and ensure that every effort is made between police, courts and other agencies to prevent re-offending. This has been by the use of ASBOs, as well as more recent legislation of injunctions.
Ginny said: "I'm absolutely amazed and shocked, but so proud to be given such an honour. This job means so much to me - I even applied for a three-year extension when I was coming up to retirement and I just love it. My dad was a traffic warden for Sussex Police and if he and my mum were still alive today, bless them, they'd be jumping up and down with joy!"
Chief Constable Giles York said: "I join all of my colleagues at Sussex Police in extending our congratulations to Ginny on her QPM, which is richly deserved.
"It recognises the enormous personal commitment that Ginny has put in to her role and her expertise in legislative changes and approaches. She is passionate about making the lives of victims better but is equally passionate about diverting perpetrators and those at risk of becoming perpetrators. She does not default to a criminal justice solution and has worked with perpetrators personally and with voluntary agencies finding them suitable activities and training to give them a purpose and changing their lives."
The Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, said: “Throughout her career, Police Constable Virginia Jupp has changed the approach within Sussex Police to recognise the impact of antisocial behaviour on victims. Her professionalism deserves credit and I would like to congratulate her on receiving the Queen’s Police Medal. I am also encouraged that the majority of Queen’s Police Medals continue to be awarded to rank and file officers, in recognition of their commitment and dedication to duty.”