Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths has been elected as the new president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, while Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie has been elected as the Association’s new vice-president. Both appointments will begin on 25 March when the Association’s Annual General Meeting takes place.
Griffiths, who is currently vice-president of the Association, said: “It has been my privilege to have served as vice-president for three years and I will take enormous pride in now leading the Association. This is an extremely challenging time for policing as a service and for our members, which makes the role and purpose of the Association more important than ever. I want to pay tribute to Gavin Thomas’ leadership over the last three years. He has been a consistent and valuable voice on issues that are critical to the future of policing and the service we give to the public, and has modernised the Association to ensure it stays relevant and effective for members.”
He added: “The Association will continue to face many of the issues on which Gavin has led. Through my presidency, I intend to continue our focus on funding, vulnerability and demand management, leadership and valuing difference, the role of new technology and the integration of public services.”
Thomas responded: “I have worked with Paul and Ian for many years and am delighted they’ve been elected by our National Executive Committee. They are both highly experienced leaders who are dedicated to improving policing for our members, for the service and for the public.”
Chief Superintendent Wylie, who serves with the Avon and Somerset Police, has been active in the Association for many years, including chairing C District since 2011. He said: “My policing career has given me many great opportunities, and being elected to the role of vice-president of the Association is another such opportunity. I’m very much looking forward to working with Paul and to representing our members at a national level. As the senior operational leaders in policing, the Superintending ranks are a critical part of policing and public services and I very much hope to play a key role in ensuring their voice continues to be heard.”
Nine ‘rank and file’ police officers have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal by Her Majesty The Queen as part of the New Year Honours – three times the number honoured in the 2016 Birthday Honours.
In one of her final actions as Home Secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May recommended that more officers below senior ranks should receive the Queen’s Police Medal in order to recognise the vital role they play in protecting the public and address an imbalance over to whom the medal is awarded.
Police leaders responded by putting forward a number of officers from junior ranks from across England and Wales who have shown outstanding courage and distinguished service in the line of duty. More than half of the 17 Queen’s Police Medals announced on Friday 30 December have been awarded to officers below the rank of superintendent.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “These deserving recipients of Queen’s Police Medals have gone above and beyond the call of their duties and it’s absolutely right that we recognise all of those who serve our communities and keep us safe. I’m especially pleased by the response from policing leaders, who have made sure that a shift in nominations has led to a much more representative group of officers receiving the medal. I look forward to seeing many more brave and talented individuals at every rank of our police forces being honoured in this way in the future.”
The Queen’s Police Medal was instituted by its royal warrant in 1954 and is awarded to officers of any rank for acts of courage and conspicuous devotion to duty. It superseded the King’s Police Medal, which was originally created in 1909.
Brandon Lewis, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, added: “There are exceptionally skilled, dedicated and professional officers in all areas of our police forces, from front line constables through to senior leaders. Honours such as the Queen’s Police Medal have been awarded for over 100 years to recognise some of their exceptional individual contributions. I’m delighted that more rank and file officers have been awarded the medal this year for dedication to their duties and acts of exceptional courage. I hope the example they’ve set continues to inspire the very best from officers and police staff in 2017.”
The recipients of the Queen’s Police Medal are:
- PC Ifor Williams (Avon and Somerset Police)
- Sergeant Timothy Slade (City of London Police)
- PC Jacqueline Oliver (Metropolitan Police Service)
- Chief Superintendent Martin Lloyd Fry (British Transport Police)
- PC Leslie Roger Eke (Thames Valley Police)
- PC Christopher Smith (Dorset Police)
- PC Louise Pye (Sussex Police)
- PC Shirley Vivienne Lindsay (Avon and Somerset Police)
- Inspector Ian David Hanson (Greater Manchester Police)
- Detective Inspector Carol Ellwood (Humberside Police)
- Chief Superintendent Gordon Briggs (Metropolitan Police Service)
- Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa (Metropolitan Police Service)
- Chief Superintendent Jagdev Singh Atwal (Derbyshire Constabulary)
- Assistant Chief Constable David John Allard (Ministry of Defence Police)
- Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams (West Yorkshire Police)
- Commander Simon Martin Letchford (Metropolitan Police Service)
- Chief Constable David Graham Jones (North Yorkshire Police)