Winners of this year's ACIA Awards were presented with their trophies and prizes at the annual ACIA conference held at Coventry University on 7th April 2011.
Sue Budworth and Gary Williamson (Norfolk Constabulary) for their work on Operation Penguin, an investigation into a prolific distraction burglar who targeted victims across 13 police forces. Gary’s proactive and tenacious research and Sue’s innovative presentation of analysis showed an exceptional level of collaboration, successfully integrating analytical techniques into both the investigative and intelligence functions. The offender pleaded guilty and received a sentence of eleven years.
Awards for Excellence:
Keith Jackson, Jon Jeffery and George Adamson (South West Regional Intelligence Unit) for their work on Project Acumen. This work has provided a detailed national insight into the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation in the off-street prostitution sector.
Jarek Jakubcek (An Garda Siochana) for his development of a tool to scan internet advertisements, cross referencing the sellers contact number with phone numbers recorded on the Republic of Ireland’s crime recording database to identify adverts being placed by those involved in property and vehicle crime offence.
The volume and quality of nominations this year has been phenomenal and the competition has been extremely fierce. Those listed above have truly demonstrated excellence in their field and deserve to be recognised by their peers.
Award for Exemplary Service to ACIA:
The running of ACIA would not be possible without the significant contribution of a whole host of volunteers and this final award aims to acknowledge that. It is presented to an individual deemed by the ACIA Board to have shown exemplary service and exceptional levels of commitment to the objectives of ACIA.
This year this award goes to Mark Grimshaw, in appreciation of his significant contribution to the formation of ACIA and in recognition of his hard work in establishing and maintaining the ACIA website.
Judges for the 2010 ACIA Awards were as follows: