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More junior officers honoured with Queen’s Police Medals

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.”

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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 It superseded the King’s Police Medal, which was originally created in 1909.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)

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Securitas begins trials for major crime scene guarding

Trials involving security solutions provider Securitas have been instigated by Dorset Police with a view to the outsourcing of major crime scene guarding services.

Following on from Securitas’ successful partnerships with the Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall constabularies, the company has now embarked on a four-month trial providing crime scene guarding to Dorset Police.

Previously, scenes of major crimes such as murder and serious assault were guarded by police officers taken away from front line policing duties. The outsourcing of crime scene guarding has the potential to release between 2,600 and 3,600 police hours back to front line services every year.

During these trials, Securitas officers will provide Dorset Police with the flexibility to man a crime scene within four hours of police notification, thereby allowing officers to return to crucial front line activity.

Securitas has begun a four-month trial period aimed at providing crime scene guarding for Dorset Police

Securitas has begun a four-month trial period aimed at providing crime scene guarding for Dorset Police

Integral part of investigations

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cooper, the head of Dorset Police’s Criminal Justice Department, said: “Protecting the scene is an integral part of an investigation, ensuring that evidence is not disrupted, destroyed or contaminated. Outsourcing has been tried and tested by other forces for a number of years and has been found to be a very effective way of securing evidence as well as ensuring robust frameworks on contamination or interference at the scenes of crime.”

Cooper continued: “Specially trained scenes of crime officers will be able to perform this task to a high standard and release police officers back to the front line to perform other essential tasks.”

In conclusion, Cooper commented: “The outsourcing of crime scene guarding to Securitas has the potential to positively impact upon the service we can provide to the communities of Dorset.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill added: “I welcome this trial which will put more officers back into core policing. It will also cut Force costs and strengthen our ties with the Avon and Somerset, and Devon and Cornwall Police Forces who’ve already adopted this scheme.”

Should the trial period prove successful, Dorset Police hopes to see the use professional scene officers permanently from 2014. Consideration may be given to increasing their deployment to include other scenes, not just those involving major crime.

Integration within those communities served

Mike Clancy, South West area director for Securitas, explained that it’s very much part of the Securitas culture to integrate the company’s operations within the communities in which it works, using both specialist resources and capabilities to support local crime prevention authorities.

“This tried-and-tested method has seen a hugely successful relationship between two police forces grow into a third as we welcome Dorset Constabulary,” enthused Clancy.

“The work our crime scene officers conduct is of the highest standard. All officers are police vetted and specifically trained for such a role prior to any deployment. Our density of branch network and front line staff enables us to deploy with pace, professionalism and the reliability you would expect from an organisation of our strength, depth and expertise. We look forward to supporting Dorset Constabulary in this way in the months and years ahead.”

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