A Barnsley Detective, who goes above and beyond to protect the most vulnerable victims in her community has been praised as ‘Investigator of the Year’.
Detective Constable Emma Shipley is described by colleagues as being a ‘dedicated, caring, supporting and tenacious investigator’ and has the ability to ‘see beyond the black and white and to understand the multiple and complex factors that play a part in abuse’.
This outlook, has supported hundreds of victims over her 16 years of service.
DC Shipley was the leading investigator in a case where a man senselessly attacked two victims on the evening of Sunday 27 October 2018, causing an ex-soldier to have life-changing injuries.
DC Shipley was commended for her ‘determination to secure all available evidence and to track down the offender’. With very little evidence available on the initial review, DC Shipley reassured the victims’ families of her commitment to finding those responsible- a promise she did not break.
Her persistent and intelligent approach led DC Shipley to identifying, arresting and charging Shaun Tolley.
Chief Superintendent Scott Green who presented the award said: “You presented such a compelling case that the defendant had no choice but to plead guilty and received an 11 year prison sentence.
“Post-trial, the judiciary and prosecuting barrister recognised your diligence and professionalism, but more importantly was the recognition and gratitude shown to you by the victim and his family.”
DC Shipley was also praised for the support she gave to a teenage victim of rape. A sensitive and complex investigation led to a significant custodial sentence for the offender and support in place for teenage girl to re-build her life and start her recovery.
DC Shipley was awarded ‘Investigator of the Year’ award at the annual Barnsley awards, held earlier this month on Wednesday 6 November- a ceremony held to highlight the outstanding work of officers throughout the year.
DC Shipley said: “I feel honoured and proud to receive this award.
“Victims will always be the most important people in an investigation and if my hard-work provides reassurance and support for them, I will continue to strive to be the best detective I can be.”
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