A Book of Remembrance
Community Protection Officer - Dade Freeman
Decorated Community Protection Officer
Father – Son – Partner – Friend – Photographer
The Guild of Photographers – Image of the year winner (2015 Urban Category) and runner-up (2015 Urban Category)
The Guild of Photographers – Gold award (x2) Silvers (x5) Bronze (x21)
National Photographers Society Gold award (x3) Highly Recommended (x3)
Dade’s life can only be described as the most beautiful patchwork quilt. He lead such a colourful and vibrant life and wore so many different hats. That of a magician, a master of ceremonies in Madrid, an award-winning photographer and teacher of photograpy and Community Protection Officer, to name but a few! Dade travelled the world and saw so much, did so much, and helped so many people.
Photography was one of Dade’s many achievements and played a big part of his life. Dade was a very committed, passionate, and talented photographer but there was also another life beyond the lens.
Professionally, Dade wanted to apply his extensive life skills to improving the environments he photographed and in 2019 Dade joined Nottingham City Council as a Community Protection Officer.
Dade was initially part of the City Centre Team and then later secured a position with the Operational Response Team and became well embedded into the Community Protection family.
In his first year Dade became a decorated officer and received a commendation for life saving efforts.
In early 2020 at the height of the global coronavirus pandemic Dade was selected as part of the Community Protection response to the pandemic and formed part of the COVID Response Team.
Dade worked day and night throughout the pandemic ensuring that vulnerable citizens welfare was at the forefront of his work. Dade carried out important enforcement of Covid regulations, delivered vital test and trace notifications and ensured those that where shielding had urgent medication and food delivered to them.
A year later Dade returned to the Operational Response Team where he continued his vital work in out of hours social service welfare visits, executing warrants of statutory breaches, illegal encampment evictions and investigating environmental crime, to name a few.
In the last few months Dade had been asked to work on a project to learn new regulatory skills and powers which formed part of the wider Community Protection transformation programme and would kick start the new business regulation unit, sadly this work came to an immediate stop on 27th January 2022.
Dade was a very proud man and kept his personal life seperate from work, he had a partner Sam, who he loved very much and the two had started a great life with each other.
It is clear the impact that Dade’s passing has had on the people around him. Dade’s death is not only a loss to our Community Protection family but is also a loss of a friend to many of us.