Thames Valley Police pays tribute to ‘iconic’ officer

Posted on October 10, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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THAMES Valley Police has paid tribute to DC Joe Mabuto, who collapsed and died at Milton Keynes Police Station on Tuesday 27 September.

He collapsed and sadly could not be resuscitated.

He is survived by his wife and two young children, who seek comfort from their extended family members in the UK and Zimbabwe.

The force said that Joe’s family are extremely proud of his successes and role within the Police Service, a job that brought great honour to their family and fulfilment in Joe’s life.

Joe joined Thames Valley Police in 2004, where he was stationed at Milton Keynes Police Station on the Patrol Team 5.

He immediately made an impact on his team and within the community that he worked, by simply being present, his considered and thoughtful approach instantly calming volatile situations, and providing an ear and a hand to those that needed his support.

He moved to the North Sector Neighbourhood Policing Team in 2007, initially as a Neighbourhood Officer and in 2008 became a supervisor for a team of PCSOs.

Sgt Rena Galardziak said: “He was a strong believer in being visible in the neighbourhood he served, and much preferred to be on foot patrol, so he could speak to people within his community.

“During a time of tension within the estate Joe’s knowledge and understanding of the situation was key in resolving and returning peace to the area, his outstanding work was commended by the Area Commander, and I know that Joe was extremely proud of this work and his recognition.”

Joe passed his National Investigators’ Exam in March 2015 and applied at the next possible opportunity for a detective’s post. During August of the same year he passed his selection interview with flying colours, scoring an overall ‘A’ grade with his comprehensive and considered approach.

Joe was posted to the Force CID team at Milton Keynes in October 2015, where he trained to investigate serious and complex crime.

DC Greg Hughes said: “Joe was so determined to learn and it was always a pleasure to answer any question he had and give him pointers. He quickly became a driven investigator, striving to get results. He loved what he did and was proud to be doing his job.”

The force said: “Joe impressed everyone that came into contact with him. His beaming smile, positive attitude and caring nature, are traits that will live on and be remembered forever across the Milton Keynes Police Family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, mother and siblings, as we share the loss of this iconic and gentle man.”

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