Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises police officers, staff and volunteers

Police officers, staff and volunteers from forces across the country have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Jun 12, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Paul Griffiths

A significant number of those being recognised have been involved in critical work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Four chief constables – Lucy D’Orsi of British Transport Police, Craig Guildford of Nottinghamshire Police, Gavin Stephens of Surrey Police and Rachel Swann of Derbyshire Constabulary have all received the Queen’s Police Medal.

Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, has been appointedn OBE for services to policing along with Peter Goodman, former chief constable of Derbyshire Constabulary.

The Queen’s Policing Medal was awarded to 18 police officers in England and Wales, four of which were of Federated rank: Stewart Bladen, Christopher Madden, Meldin Thomas and Susan Thurley.

Police Federation of England and Wales national chair John Apter said “There is no greater honour than receiving such recognition from her Majesty the Queen. Police officers do not do what they do for the thanks, but to receive such an honour is something every recipient should be incredibly proud of. I pass on my congratulations to all colleagues who have received recognition, you should be incredibly proud of this achievement.”

Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, said: “I congratulate all of those recognised for their service to policing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. It is great to see so many officers, staff and volunteers from across the country being awarded for their dedicated service, particularly during the challenging circumstances we have all faced since the start of the pandemic.

“The awards highlight the commitment and hard work of policing to protect and keep our communities safe all year round and everyone should be rightly proud to be recognised in this way.”

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, said: “I was delighted to learn of our colleagues – past and present – who have been recognised in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.

“Throughout their career, each recipient has made a real difference to the safety of the public in London and beyond. They have been exceptional in their job and an inspiration to those around them. I wish to congratulate and thank them all for their outstanding service, dedication and commitment to policing.”

Ms D’Orsi said: “I am extremely humbled and proud to receive this award. Working in policing has allowed me to make a difference to communities, which is the reason I joined policing, and this continues to drive me. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some brilliant people, both inside and outside of policing, during the last 29 years, who have become lifelong friends. To be awarded for something that I love doing is the greatest privilege.

“Whilst it is an individual award, this honour really is a reflection on my colleagues, family and friends for their unrelenting support. I particularly want to thank my husband, daughter, mum and my late dad for their unconditional support, encouragement and patience. As a working mum it can be incredibly tough at times to get the right work-life balance and not feel guilty and without their support I could not have had the career I have had. I really hope my journey will inspire women and young girls to think about policing and all it has to offer as a career from countering the threat from terrorism to keeping local communities safe.”

Mark Lindsay, chair of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, spoke after being appointed MBE. “I am humbled to receive this honour, which recognises the immense charitable and welfare support given to serving and retired police officers and their families in Northern Ireland and across the United Kingdom,” he said.

“I will continue to do all I can to assist colleagues and their families who need welfare assistance, whilst also ensuring the memory of hundreds of officers who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty is never forgotten.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the Scottish recipients of the honours who include the country’s most senior female officer, Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor. Ms Sturgeon said: “The Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise the outstanding contributions of the people of Scotland to communities throughout the country, and around the world. Their exceptional service and dedication in a range of fields including the arts, education, business, charity, community support, and science has provided countless benefits across society.

“I’m also pleased to see that many individuals who have helped our work to tackle the coronavirus pandemic have been recognised. I know we are all hugely grateful to each and every one of them, and it is right that their stellar efforts have been acknowledged in this way

“Our emergency services have always gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep people and communities across Scotland safe, and never more so than during these unprecedented times. I also want to extend my congratulations to those personnel who have been awarded The Queen’s Fire, Police or Ambulance Service Medals.”

Vice-chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Roger Hirst said: “On behalf of all PCCs across England and Wales, I’d like to congratulate the many police officers and staff who have been honoured by the Queen today.

“Those recognised include not just chief constables and other senior police officers but also other, equally important, members of the wider policing family. From PCSOs and civilian investigators; those working in specialist domestic abuse, prevention, and mental health units; to those working in support functions such as IT – every one of them plays a vital role in making our communities safe and it is right that they are all recognised for their exceptional work and dedication.

“I’d also like to congratulate the former police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd on his Knighthood. As one of the very first PCCs he led the way for those of us who have since followed. And as the first Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, he helped lay the foundations for our organisation to ensure PCCs had the means to present a strong and unified voice into government and other national bodies on behalf of the residents we represent.”

The full honours list:

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Paul Griffiths, Chief Superintendent, President of the Police Superintendents’ Association. For services to Policing

Peter Goodman QPM Lately Chief Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary. For services to Policing and Prevention of Cybercrime

Martin Robinson, Officer, National Crime Agency. For services to Anti-Kidnap and Extortion, and the Protection of the UK

Alan Watson, Senior Officer, Specialist Operations, National Crime Agency. For services to Law Enforcement

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Peter Beirne, Senior Investigating Officer, Police Staff, Thames Valley Police. For services to Policing

Mark Lindsay, Chairman, Police Federation, Northern Ireland. For services to Policing and the community in Northern Ireland

Kermal Singh, Police Staff, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. For services to Policing and Diversity

Michael Taggart, Domestic Abuse Strategic Officer, North Wales Police. For services to Victims of Domestic Abuse

Peter Thomas, Police Staff, Strategic Adviser on Mental Health, South Wales Police. For services to Policing

Christopher Varrall, Police Inspector, Sussex Police. For services to Policing

Ursula Gallagher, Lately Deputy Chief Inspector, Care Quality Commission. For services to Healthcare, Patient Safety and Healthcare Education

Alan Hastings, Major Incident Room Manager, Operation STOVEWOOD, National Crime Agency. For services to Law Enforcement

Emmanuel Offiah, Technical Officer, National Crime Agency. For services to Law Enforcement

Linda-Claire Smith, Lately Head of Public Protection Team, Crime, Policing and Fire Group, Home Office. For services to Public Protection and Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

Catherine Wharton, Senior Manager, National Crime Agency. For service to Law Enforcement during Covid-19

Darren Taylor, Chief Officer, Norfolk Special Constabulary. For services to Policing and the community in Norfolk

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Carol Aston, Police Staff, Designing Out Crime Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary. For services to Policing and the community in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Robert Capella, Police Community Support Officer, West Midlands Police. For services to Policing and the community in Lozells, Birmingham

Edwin Clarke, Police Staff, Essex Police. For services to Policing and the community in Essex

Kenneth Iredale, Chief Officer, Surrey Police Special Constabulary. For voluntary service to Policing and the Covid-19 Response

Brian Jaggs, Police Staff, Deputy Head of IT, Essex and Kent Police. For services to Policing and the Covid-19 Response

Deborah McClelland, Police Community Support Officer, Cleveland Police. For services to Policing and the community in Middlesbrough

Adama Newlove, Policy Officer, Cabinet Office. For services to Exiting the EU

Christine Bovingdon-Cox, Misconduct Manager, Thames Valley Police. For services to Policing

Thelma Corkey, Chairwoman, Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Widows’ Association. For voluntary and charitable services

Queen’s Police Medal

England & Wales

Stewart Bladen, Constable, West Midlands Police.

Alexis Boon, Detective Chief Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service.

Mohammad Chaudhry, Chief Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police.

Lucy D’Orsi, Chief Constable, British Transport Police.

Lee Graham, Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service.

Craig Guildford, Chief Constable, Nottinghamshire Police.

Richard List, Detective Chief Superintendent, Thames Valley Police.

Christopher Madden, Constable, West Yorkshire Police.

Dennis Murray, Chief Superintendent, Northamptonshire Police.

Mark Payne, Detective Chief Superintendent, West Midlands Police.

Bhupinder Rai, Temporary Chief Superintendent, Thames Valley Police.

Stephen Rayland, Temporary Chief Superintendent, Sussex Police.

Martin Snowden, Detective Chief Superintendent, West Yorkshire Police.

Gavin Stephens, Chief Constable, Surrey Police.

Rachel Swann, Chief Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary.

Meldin Thomas, lately Sergeant, Leicestershire Police.

Susan Thurley, lately Detective Constable, Metropolitan Police Service.

Terence Woods, Deputy Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary.

Scotland

Fiona Taylor, Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland

Roderick Newbigging, Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland

Northern Ireland

Kenneth Bailey, Reserve Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

James Campbell, Sergeant, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Arthur Davidson, Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland

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