Two police officers recognised for exceptional work dealing with collisions

2020 Livia Awards | Hillingdon Today
DC Clare Bevis (holding trophy) and DC Wendy Hunter (holding certificate) receive their Livia Awards 2020 / Metropolitan Police Service

An officer who has supported over 70 bereaved families affected by road traffic collisions has been recognised at an awards ceremony held at New Scotland Yard.

Detective Constable Clare Bevis, who worked in the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, was given the Livia Award for Professionalism and Service to Justice at the ceremony.

Starting work as a Family Liaison Officer back in 2007, she has since supported over 70 bereaved families including working with people from differing cultures, beliefs and countries.

For exceptional investigation and Family Liaison Officer service in several cases, Detective Constable Wendy Hunter received the Livia Highly Commended Certificate, signed by the Prime Minister and The Viscount Simon.

The ceremony was held in guidance with Covid regulations and was celebrating the 2020 Awards, which were previously postponed due to the pandemic.

The Livia Award for Professionalism and Service to Justice was established in 1999 by George and Giulietta Galli-Atkinson following the death of their daughter Livia who was killed by a driver who mounted the pavement where she was walking.

It is made annually to an officer in Roads and Transport Policing Command judged to have provided the most meritorious service to road death investigation, either in a specific case, or sustained through several investigations and who has provided the family of a road crash victim with outstanding commitment.

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, Operational Command Unit Commander, said: “As Commander for the Roads and Transport Command, I am immensely proud of the amazing work my officers do.

“The role of a Family Liaison Officer is so vital in any incident where someone has sadly lost a loved one – the officers acknowledged today lead by example.

“The recognition that this exceptional award provides is testament to that work and I am grateful to Giulietta and George for their continuing support in the name of their daughter Livia.”