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New Year Honours for Essex Police trio: Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, DCI Danny Stoten and PC Dawn Wood

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Three Essex Police officers have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington and Detective Chief Inspector Danny Stoten received Queen’s Policing Medals, with a British Empire Medal for Police Constable Dawn Wood.

DCI Stoten led the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese men, women and children found in a lorry in Grays in October 2019.

DCI Danny Stoten (54044476)
DCI Danny Stoten (54044476)

Eight men were convicted after a Europe-wide investigation involving officers from the UK, Ireland, France and Netherlands. The investigation was named Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) Team of the Year by the National Police Chiefs’ Council's homicide working group and was the subject of BBC TV documentary Catching the Essex Lorry Killers.

DCI Stoten served as SIO on other high-profile cases including the murder of Courtney Valentine-Brown that featured in the BBC television series Murder 24/7, the murder of 19-year-old Fabian Kacica in Southend and the tragic death of Summer Grant on a bouncy castle in Harlow.

He said: “To get this recognition at the end of my career is an absolute honour. I’m humbled by it.

PC Dawn Wood (54044478)
PC Dawn Wood (54044478)

"The quality of work that my team put into murder investigations led to a conviction rate just short of 100% when we got to court, which shows how right we get it.

“I’ve dealt with tragic deaths. The motivation is always to achieve justice for the victims’ families and you want to make the people who committed horrendous crimes face justice as well. It’s an honour to be given the responsibility to investigate those crimes.”

Marine unit PC Dawn Wood is best known for completing a solo row of the Atlantic Ocean to highlight the problem of plastic pollution. In February 2019 she recorded the second fastest time by a woman to row across the Atlantic when she completed the 3,000-mile journey from the Canary Islands to Barbados in 53 days, battling raging seas and howling winds to raise more than £20,000. She was named fundraiser of the year by the Marine Conservation Society.

Chief Constable Harrington joined Essex Police in 2017 after 27 years with the Metropolitan police. During his time in the capital, he worked on the policing of the Notting Hill Carnival, the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and was a gold commander for state visits and ceremonial events.

Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington on patrol with PC Paul Miller (54044482)
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington on patrol with PC Paul Miller (54044482)

Mr Harrington became Essex chief constable in 2018 and is the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for public order and public safety.

He said: “I’m deeply honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal, given the amazing work of colleagues in Greater Essex and across the UK in such testing times. I'm also immensely grateful for the support and hard work of all the people I've been privileged to work alongside.”

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