Long service tribute

PUBLISHED: 15:18 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010

A FORMER Exmouth policewoman was this week awarded a long service and good conduct award for her efforts and dedication to the force. Sergeant Jill Snell was on the beat in Exmouth from July 1988 until she was posted to Sidmouth. On Monday Jill's 20-year

A FORMER Exmouth policewoman was this week awarded a long service and good conduct award for her efforts and dedication to the force.Sergeant Jill Snell was on the beat in Exmouth from July 1988 until she was posted to Sidmouth.On Monday Jill's 20-year long service with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary was rewarded at an award ceremony at Padbrook Park, Cullompton, attended by chief constable Stephen Otter, vice lieutenant of Devon, Sir John Cave and his wife, Lady Cave. Jill joined the force on July 20 1986 and after her basic training was posted to Launceston, in Cornwall.A police spokesperson said: "During this period Jill was occasionally allowed to drive a police vehicle, but to be honest, it was safer when she was on foot! "On one occasion Jill parked her vehicle in the main street of Launceston to attend to an enquiry - very quickly she was sighted sprinting down the High Street after her vehicle. "She managed to open the door enter the vehicle and correctly apply the handbrake. Obviously this was a one off - or was it?! "Feedback from her two-week driving course reported that she 'found steering difficult'." During her time at Launceston she received a sub-divisional commander's commendation for her professionalism in calming a violent disorder situation involving more than 100 people outside a local night-club.Following a successful first two years of her career Jill was posted to Exmouth on July 25 1988, and a short time later she married her husband, Simon.During 1990, Jill enrolled on an Open University course in child abuse and neglect - which helped shape her future career.Jill moved from Exmouth to Sidmouth and was commended when her persistence and suspicions while investigating a missing person report resulted in the woman being investigated admitting to the murder of the person reported as missing. In 1992 Jill moved to Exeter as a community constable. A year later she fulfilled one of her ambitions and was attached to the child protection team at Exeter. She was promoted to sergeant at Okehampton in 2001 and returned to the family protection unit a year later as a supervisor - using her skills in a training capacity.

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