Courageous efforts of officers are recognised

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POLICE officers who have gone the extra mile in their duties have received awards.

Officers from across West Sussex met at Arundel Castle for the ceremony.

Among the winners was PC Kala Notton and police dog Watz, from Bognor police.

After being called out to a burglary at a Co-op store in Felpham, the pair managed to track down the suspects.

Further inquiries linked the burglary to similar break-ins at Co-op stores across the south.

Police cadet Ewelina Urtnowska received an award after providing Polish translation in a police investigation.

PC Matthew Leech and PC Lee Versluys were recognised after demonstrating outstanding courage when confronted by a man brandishing a gun.

With no thought for their own safety the officers pursued and caught the suspect and recovered the gun.

Chief Superintendent Martin Walker, West Sussex Divisional Commander, said: ‘These awards for me are the highlight of the policing year.’