The London Leadership and Peace Awards 2014 were held at City Hall in London on Wednesday 10th December to “celebrate the outstanding contribution of Londoners and London organisations”. The event was described as an opportunity to celebrate what’s great about London and “to nominate and recognise individuals and organisations that tirelessly make a visible and tangible difference in the world’s greatest and most diverse capital!”
Jenna was nominated in the “Individual - Courage Award” category, which recognises “an individual who has shown bravery in the face of danger; resilience in overcoming adversity; or demonstrated extreme grace and forgiveness in extraordinary situations.” The nomination was made by the Leader and Chief Executive of Enfield Council, who are delighted with the result.
The award is in recognition of Jenna’s actions in helping to catch four suspected muggers who attacked an elderly lady. Jenna was patrolling the streets of north London for litter on behalf of Enfield Council back in September when she spotted four suspected muggers running from the scene of an alleged attack where they had allegedly tried to steal an 84-year-old woman’s handbag, dragging her to the ground in the process. Jenna chased the group while simultaneously filming the pursuit on her body camera and giving a running commentary to the police on her mobile phone, who talked her through what to do. The group split up when they realised they were being followed, and Jenna subsequently stopped two members of the group and returned them to the town centre where they were arrested by police. The other two were arrested nearby by other officers. All four were charged with attempted robbery and assault. The victim required medical attention at the scene, but was thankfully unharmed following her ordeal.
Before winning this prestigious award, Jenna was given an internal commendation by Kingdom and also received a Staff Excellence Award from Enfield Council in recognition of her actions. She was presented the award by the leader of the council, Councillor Doug Taylor. Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Jenna is a credit to Kingdom and to Enfield Council. She demonstrated initiative and bravery by single-headedly chasing down and tackling a gang of criminals who were suspected of committing a cowardly assault on a defenceless pensioner in broad daylight.”
Commenting on the award, Michael Fisher, Head of Environmental Services at Kingdom, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jenna and this award is well deserved. All of our litter wardens wear real time body cameras as part of our work to reduce street litter, but Jenna has managed to use her kit in a brave and courageous way, serving wider community interests. She is a great asset to the team. Well done Jenna!”
Kingdom has worked with Enfield Council since 2009 to help the council clamp down on people who drop rubbish in the borough’s streets and parks. Four wardens from Kingdom patrol the borough and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams tackle street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and posting.