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MBE treasure for our WMP PC Treasure

One of our treasured Sandwell PCs has been presented with an MBE by HRH Prince William for his work with young people.

Young persons officer PC Hughie Treasure has been working with children in the local community for 23 years and has now been recognised nationally for his efforts in bringing positivity to people’s lives.

PC Hughie Treasure and his wife

For 10 years, PC Treasure ran a youth club from Wren’s Nest community centre in Dudley, which was set up in honour of his son James who passed away from cancer in 2010.

In 2017, the club had to shut down as a result of budget cuts, leaving the ‘Wrenna’s Little Treasures’ group without a base.

Undeterred, PC Treasure went about setting up the youth group that same year through his church and it is now going strong from the Meadow Road club in Dudley.                                                                                                                           
PC Treasure’s award was first announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

On Thursday 29 November, PC Treasure and his family attended Buckingham Palace where he was presented with his honour by the Duke of Cambridge.

PC Hughie Treasure and his family

The Royal even praised the Teamworx project, which sees various organisations work together to help vulnerable people, and which PC Treasure is involved in.

Hughie said: “The palace visit was a truly humbling experience for me and my family.

“It was bittersweet too as my father-in-law passed away that same week after suffering from a long illness.

“I felt so proud in the ceremony to be representing West Midlands Police and all the hard work Sandwell officers do every day with our young people.

“It was a privilege to collect the MBE on behalf of my church family too and I feel touched that Prince William spoke to me about our Teamworx initiative.”

PC Treasure, who has been in his current role for six years, also works with Dudley Community Church to run WMP’s Streetwatch scheme for the area, where local residents are encouraged to patrol and report any concerns to police.