Four West Midlands Police officers ranging from a neighbourhood PC to an Assistant Chief Constable are recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours today (Friday).
Sue Southern, the ACC in charge of security, is given the Queen’s Police Medal for her counter terrorism work. She is a former head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, and her current role also oversees its work.
Claire Bell, currently the Chief Superintendent overseeing the force’s Operations department, is given the same honour for her work heading up the Public Protection Unit (PPU), which investigates sexual offences and works to safeguard the most vulnerable members of society.
Sgt Jim Reid, a neighbourhood officer from Stockland Green, becomes a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire, for his outstanding work with the local community.
Licensing officer PC Abdool Rohomon, whose role involves ensuring major events are run safely, is given the same honour for his work protecting the public. He has been involved in ensuring the smooth running of Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas market.
Earlier this year, Assistant Chief Constable Chris Johnson - received a Queen’s Police Medal for his “remarkable contribution" to policing in the region West Midlands.
Chris, who oversees Operations, has spent his entire career with his hometown police force after almost 30 years working his way up from beat bobby on the streets of Birmingham.
Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “These five officers have all given so much to the West Midlands over many years, so it is fantastic that they have been recognised in this way.
“Their unique contributions to making the West Midlands a safer place and protecting the most vulnerable in society cannot be underestimated and I’m delighted for them."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, added his congratulations to all the officers involved. He said: “On behalf of the people of the West Midlands I wish to offer my congratulations and thanks to all the officers who have rightly been recognised for the outstanding service they have given. They richly deserve this recognition.”
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 New Year’s Honours List. It is great to see so many officers, staff and volunteers from across the country being awarded for their dedicated service.
“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."