Detective Sergeant Tammy Dempsey led investigation into mistreatment of elderly patients with dementia

Waltham Forest's Det Sgt Tammy Dempsey with met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Waltham Forest's Det Sgt Tammy Dempsey with met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

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A police officer who led an investigation into the ill-treatment and neglect of elderly patients at Whipps Cross Hospital has been chosen as London's Detective of the Year.

Detective Sergeant Tammy Dempsey, based in Waltham Forest, picked up the award at the Metropolitan Police 'Excellence in Total Police' ceremony yesterday.

Det Sgt Dempsey led an investigation into the mistreatment of up to 80 elderly patients suffering from Dementia at the Leytonstone Hospital.

The investigation resulted in the prosecution of three healthcare assistants in August 2013.

Akousa Sakyiwaa, 37, of Orange Grove, Leytonstone, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for four counts of ill treatment or neglect.

Sharmilla Gunda, 36, of Horns Road, Ilford, was sentenced to 5 months in prison for one count of ill treatment or neglect of a person without capacity and one count of common assault.

Annette Jackson, 33, of Hounslow, was sentenced to 2 months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours unpaid work for one count of ill treatment or neglect of a person without capacity.

The three women were all found guilty of the offences after a student-nurse whistleblower reported their abuse to senior hospital staff.

A total of 21 awards were presented at the ceremony held in central London yesterday afternoon.

Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "Remarkable acts of professionalism and selfless acts of bravery are often carried out in the Metropolitan Police Service, but rarely remarked upon."

The investigation found Sakyiwaa had held a bed sheet over 87-year-old Joan Musset's head and told her she was dead. 

She also pushed elderly Elizabeth Toussant, shoving her down into a chair when she refused to be washed and slapped Louise Hodges, 92, when changing her bed clothes.

Sharmilla Gunda, 36, of Horns Road, Ilford, was sentenced to 5 months in prison for one count of ill treatment or neglect of a person without capacity and one count of common assault.

 

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10:57am Thu 23 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for.
Good police work but that is their job.
Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for. Good police work but that is their job. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -16

2:04pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Robert19 says...

Congratulations to Ms Dempsey. Important that detection also covers abuse of vulnerable people as well as criminal gangs, drugs gangs etc. The person who really put her job on the line was the student nurse who brought this all to light. I would like to add my congratulations to her as well. I hope she keeps her job and doesn't go the way of many whistleblowers and subsequently get the sack or be ostracised and sidelined. The NHS doesn't do whistleblowing very easily.
Congratulations to Ms Dempsey. Important that detection also covers abuse of vulnerable people as well as criminal gangs, drugs gangs etc. The person who really put her job on the line was the student nurse who brought this all to light. I would like to add my congratulations to her as well. I hope she keeps her job and doesn't go the way of many whistleblowers and subsequently get the sack or be ostracised and sidelined. The NHS doesn't do whistleblowing very easily. Robert19
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Obstinate says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for.
Good police work but that is their job.
You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for. Good police work but that is their job.[/p][/quote]You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot. Obstinate
  • Score: 9

8:48pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Obstinate wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for.
Good police work but that is their job.
You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.
No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less.
[quote][p][bold]Obstinate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for. Good police work but that is their job.[/p][/quote]You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.[/p][/quote]No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

8:48pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Obstinate wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for.
Good police work but that is their job.
You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.
No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less.
[quote][p][bold]Obstinate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for. Good police work but that is their job.[/p][/quote]You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.[/p][/quote]No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

7:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Obstinate wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for.
Good police work but that is their job.
You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.
No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less.
For goidness sake, cornbeefur, the man hasn't been given a bonus, just an award of the kind that most good employers give out each year, regardless of pay levels and whether the recipients are coppers or cleaners.

He has gone the extra mile to tie up a complex case. My employers have always had award ceremonies every year to recognise outstanding work. Hospitals do, schools do,, the media does, large and small companies do.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Obstinate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for. Good police work but that is their job.[/p][/quote]You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.[/p][/quote]No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less.[/p][/quote]For goidness sake, cornbeefur, the man hasn't been given a bonus, just an award of the kind that most good employers give out each year, regardless of pay levels and whether the recipients are coppers or cleaners. He has gone the extra mile to tie up a complex case. My employers have always had award ceremonies every year to recognise outstanding work. Hospitals do, schools do,, the media does, large and small companies do. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 8

8:47am Fri 24 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Obstinate wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for.
Good police work but that is their job.
You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.
No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less.
For goidness sake, cornbeefur, the man hasn't been given a bonus, just an award of the kind that most good employers give out each year, regardless of pay levels and whether the recipients are coppers or cleaners.

He has gone the extra mile to tie up a complex case. My employers have always had award ceremonies every year to recognise outstanding work. Hospitals do, schools do,, the media does, large and small companies do.
The recipient is a woman by the way Helen.

The police have been far too criticised in recent years to enable them to dish out these awards like confetti. Plebgate, Duggan, Nicholson, fiddled statistics, resignation of the previous two commissioners, phone hacking scandal Yates, to name a few have highlighted their shortcomings and the public expect the police to work for what they are paid healthy sums for, not for their own self-gratification.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Obstinate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Rewarded for doing a job that they are paid over 50k a year for. Good police work but that is their job.[/p][/quote]You complain that there aren't any police around and now you complain when they do their jobs. You really are an trolling idiot.[/p][/quote]No, I'm asking why police are getting rewards and medals doing their job when the average middle aged cleaners who one sees queuing at 4am in the rain and winter months go about their business cleaning offices and government buildings on a minimum wage earning a fraction of police officers wages and that is it. Why are they not recognised also along with the hospital domestics and so on? This police officer was doing what is expected of her, nothing more and nothing less.[/p][/quote]For goidness sake, cornbeefur, the man hasn't been given a bonus, just an award of the kind that most good employers give out each year, regardless of pay levels and whether the recipients are coppers or cleaners. He has gone the extra mile to tie up a complex case. My employers have always had award ceremonies every year to recognise outstanding work. Hospitals do, schools do,, the media does, large and small companies do.[/p][/quote]The recipient is a woman by the way Helen. The police have been far too criticised in recent years to enable them to dish out these awards like confetti. Plebgate, Duggan, Nicholson, fiddled statistics, resignation of the previous two commissioners, phone hacking scandal Yates, to name a few have highlighted their shortcomings and the public expect the police to work for what they are paid healthy sums for, not for their own self-gratification. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -12

10:34am Fri 24 Jan 14

MissDeb says...

Maybe you might think different if a family member of yours had been abused. The officer won an award for her outstanding duty to society. She worked 100 hours a week for no extra money, to ensure the conviction of these criminals. Her own personal life suffered due to her commitment.
Deb
Maybe you might think different if a family member of yours had been abused. The officer won an award for her outstanding duty to society. She worked 100 hours a week for no extra money, to ensure the conviction of these criminals. Her own personal life suffered due to her commitment. Deb MissDeb
  • Score: 15

10:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

MissDeb wrote:
Maybe you might think different if a family member of yours had been abused. The officer won an award for her outstanding duty to society. She worked 100 hours a week for no extra money, to ensure the conviction of these criminals. Her own personal life suffered due to her commitment.
Deb
She would never have been allowed to work those sort of hours as it is against the law to do so and police officers would never break the law would they. And the day a police officer works for nothing will be in a different world.

I agree she did a great job but so do many other public servants without any glorification. According to the internet a Detective Sergeant earns over 50k per year plus other benefits and overtime. I wish all police officers were as dedicated as this office but sadly, evidence suggests that they are not all as such.
[quote][p][bold]MissDeb[/bold] wrote: Maybe you might think different if a family member of yours had been abused. The officer won an award for her outstanding duty to society. She worked 100 hours a week for no extra money, to ensure the conviction of these criminals. Her own personal life suffered due to her commitment. Deb[/p][/quote]She would never have been allowed to work those sort of hours as it is against the law to do so and police officers would never break the law would they. And the day a police officer works for nothing will be in a different world. I agree she did a great job but so do many other public servants without any glorification. According to the internet a Detective Sergeant earns over 50k per year plus other benefits and overtime. I wish all police officers were as dedicated as this office but sadly, evidence suggests that they are not all as such. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -12

6:45pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Alan_1976 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
MissDeb wrote:
Maybe you might think different if a family member of yours had been abused. The officer won an award for her outstanding duty to society. She worked 100 hours a week for no extra money, to ensure the conviction of these criminals. Her own personal life suffered due to her commitment.
Deb
She would never have been allowed to work those sort of hours as it is against the law to do so and police officers would never break the law would they. And the day a police officer works for nothing will be in a different world.

I agree she did a great job but so do many other public servants without any glorification. According to the internet a Detective Sergeant earns over 50k per year plus other benefits and overtime. I wish all police officers were as dedicated as this office but sadly, evidence suggests that they are not all as such.
Which law would that be Cornbeefur that she would have been breaking? Certainly not a British or European law.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MissDeb[/bold] wrote: Maybe you might think different if a family member of yours had been abused. The officer won an award for her outstanding duty to society. She worked 100 hours a week for no extra money, to ensure the conviction of these criminals. Her own personal life suffered due to her commitment. Deb[/p][/quote]She would never have been allowed to work those sort of hours as it is against the law to do so and police officers would never break the law would they. And the day a police officer works for nothing will be in a different world. I agree she did a great job but so do many other public servants without any glorification. According to the internet a Detective Sergeant earns over 50k per year plus other benefits and overtime. I wish all police officers were as dedicated as this office but sadly, evidence suggests that they are not all as such.[/p][/quote]Which law would that be Cornbeefur that she would have been breaking? Certainly not a British or European law. Alan_1976
  • Score: 9

10:13pm Sat 25 Jan 14

MissDeb says...

I have done many things in life with no rewards but I am not bitter. I feel proud when someone is rewarded for there outstanding achievements despite their pay look at bankers who play with our money loss it and still get bonuses of thousands.
I have done many things in life with no rewards but I am not bitter. I feel proud when someone is rewarded for there outstanding achievements despite their pay look at bankers who play with our money loss it and still get bonuses of thousands. MissDeb
  • Score: 9

11:35pm Sat 25 Jan 14

MissDeb says...

I say the interview of this officer with regards to her reward, it almost brought me to tears. Following her award she was asked to be interviewed for her achievements by the press and was asked to do an interview for Facebook, twitter, you tube but she refused as her answer was I was only doing my job, "I do not need fame or glory, I am just pleased that my work serving the public has been recognised
I say the interview of this officer with regards to her reward, it almost brought me to tears. Following her award she was asked to be interviewed for her achievements by the press and was asked to do an interview for Facebook, twitter, you tube but she refused as her answer was I was only doing my job, "I do not need fame or glory, I am just pleased that my work serving the public has been recognised MissDeb
  • Score: 9

12:06pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mdj says...

'the man hasn't been given a bonus..'

Must still be under deep cover, then: 'he' certainly had me fooled!
'the man hasn't been given a bonus..' Must still be under deep cover, then: 'he' certainly had me fooled! mdj
  • Score: -4

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