Nottinghamshire CCTV Evidence Investigator Pauline ‘Polly’ Jarvis has been awarded an OBE for her contribution to policing in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
Over the course of a 44-year career with Nottinghamshire Police and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), Polly has played a key role in detecting many of the most high-profile murders in recent Nottinghamshire history.
Her first posting was in Retford in 1971 before a long career in CID and Major Crime in Nottingham and the region ensued.
“Policing was the job I always wanted to do when I was at school and I have really enjoyed my whole career,” she said.
Polly said she had found her niche in CCTV investigation, having first been involved in this area of policing as long ago as 1981 when a man was murdered and robbed in Ilkeston Road in Nottingham.
Her work was also crucial to the prosecution cases in many subsequent murder investigations over the next three decades, during which time CCTV technology has changed dramatically.
“You really need to have been an investigator to do this job and I think it is always helpful to be able to look at it from an defence’s point of view and consider what they are going to look for too. You need to encompass all of that to do the job competently and adequately.”
Polly admitted the OBE was a huge surprise, and she still didn’t know whether to believe it or not until the honours were officially confirmed on Wednesday (30 December).
“I’ve been completely bowled over. I’ve very proud, very honoured and very humbled,” she said.
Head of EMSOU Major Crime, Detective Superintendent Kate Meynell said: “Polly’s honour is a thoroughly deserved recognition of her dedication and commitment to major crime investigation in Nottinghamshire over many years both as a police officer and as a police staff member.”