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NCA head and West Midlands chief among policing honours

Officers across the ranks have had their dedication and service recognised in the traditional New Year's Honours. The head of the National Crime Agency and a police cadet leader are among 49 to get medals.

NCA head and West Midlands chief among policing honours

Date - 31st December 2020
By - Chris Smith
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Police leaders were are among those to receive honours including the head of main agency coordinating action against County Lines gangs as well as the chief of the country’s second-biggest force.

The 2021 list includes a total of 49 police personnel honoured for their extraordinary contributions to policing. 

The National Crime Agency Director General Lynne Owens is made a Companion of Honour.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson has been awarded a knighthood for services to policing.

Adrian Hanstock, the Deputy Chief Constable of British Transport Police receives the QPM.

Leicestershire Police saw a double award for members of its top team with Jason Masters. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable and Robert Nixon, Deputy Chief Constable both becoming QPM. 

HMI Inspector Wendy Williams becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her work on the Windrush Lessons Learned review.

A number of officers received MBEs. They are:

Malique Al-Shabazz. Constable, Merseyside Police. For services to Policing and Ethnic Minority Communities in Merseyside. (Prenton, Merseyside)

Lee Barnard. Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing and to Victims of Domestic Abuse.

Pauline Evans. Senior Manager, National Crime Agency. For services to Law Enforcement. 

Katherine Hancock. Special Chief Officer, Warwickshire Police Special Constabulary. For services to Policing. 

Janet Hills. Detective Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing and to Community Relations.

Hobibul Hoque. Chief Inspector, Bedfordshire Police. For services to Policing and Community Cohesion..

Gary Neeve. Officer, Border Force, Home Office. For services to Border Security.

Mark Owen. Special Chief Officer, North Wales Police. For services to Policing and to the community in North Wales, particularly during the Covid-19 Response.

Lindy Woodage. Staff Officer, Devon and Cornwall Police. For services to Policing and to Civil Contingency Planning, particularly during the Covid-19 Response. 

Jennifer Brouard. Citizens in Policing Manager, Essex Police. For services to Policing and to the Voluntary Sector. 

Robert Davies. Special Constable, South Wales Police. For voluntary service to Policing.

David Howse. Special Inspector, Suffolk Constabulary. For voluntary service to Policing.

Jacques Oxenham. Inspector, Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary. For services to Policing. 

Helen Ridley. Partnership Officer, Nottinghamshire Police. For services to Policing.

Also awarded an MBE was Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response, British Red Cross and former Chief Superintendent, Head of Emergency Preparedness, New Scotland Yard. His award was in recognition of  his services to UK Crisis Response and to Healthcare, particularly during Covid-19.

Police Federation Chair John Apter, said the list was a welcome acknowledgement of the hard work by officers and staff during what has been the toughest year in living memory.

He said: “Police officers do not do what they do for thanks or praise, but to be recognised with an honour from Her Majesty the Queen is the ultimate recognition and I congratulate all who have made this extraordinary achievement.

“2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for us all. My colleagues have stepped up and done their absolute best in the most challenging of circumstances. There has been little to celebrate this year which is why police officers and police staff being recognised in this way is so welcome.”

The Home Office’s former police staff lead in its Security and Counter Terrorism office, Andrew Beet, becomes an OBE.

Nigel Gibbs, Unit Head, Appeals and Review Unit at the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service is also now an OBE. For services to Law and Order.

Alan Moore also gains an OBE for services to Mass Incident Emergency Planning in Northern Ireland, as does Nicholas Morgan, Section Head of the Crime Patterns, Crime and Policing Analysis Unit at the Home Office.

Emma Sweeting, Team Leader at the NCA is also made an OBE.

There was also recognition of contributions to the courts and probation service.

Dr Josephine Farrar, Chief Executive, HM Prison and Probation Service is made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).

Fayyaz Afzal OBE, Circuit Judge, England and Wales is made a CBE for services to the Judiciary and to Diversity and Inclusion.

Timothy Allen, Prison Group Director, Manchester, Mersey and Cheshire, HM Prison and Probation Service is also a CBE for public service.

Sonia Flynn, Chief Probation Officer at the National Probation Service is also made a CBE.

Joining her is Caroline Gardner FRSE who in her role as Auditor General for Scotland has had oversight of Police Scotland.


Sergeant Timothy Barrell. South Wales Police. 

Sally Benatar, lately Chief Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service.

Superintendent Andrew Bennett. Avon and Somerset Police. 

Detective Chief Inspector Jasmine Frost. Essex Police. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Kate Halpin. Metropolitan Police Service.

Constable Philip Hanham. Thames Valley Police.

Adrian Hanstock. Deputy Chief Constable, British Transport Police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper. Essex Police.

Chief Superintendent Jane Johnson. Metropolitan Police Service.

Jason Masters. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police.

Robert John Nixon. Deputy Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police. 

Martin George Pasmore, lately Detective Chief Inspector, Essex Police. 

Detective Chief Inspector Jennifer Rita Pearson. West Midlands Police. 

Gary Roberts. Chief Constable, Isle of Man Constabulary.

Mark Andrew Roberts. Deputy Chief Constable, South Yorkshire Police. 

William Alan Skelly. lately Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police. 

Detective Inspector Michelle Catherine Stoten. Essex Police.

Michael Taylor. lately Detective Constable, Surrey Police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker. Metropolitan Police Service.

Nikki Watson. Assistant Chief Constable, Avon and Somerset Police.

Temporary Superintendent Hannah Wheeler. Metropolitan Police Service.

Detective Inspector Caroline Williams. Essex Police.

Kerrin Wilson. Assistant Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police. 


Detective Chief Superintendent Samantha McCluskey. Police Service of Scotland.

Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch. Police Service of Scotland.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM said: “Our officers, staff and volunteers are committed to public service and dedicated to helping others in all our communities.

“I extend my warmest congratulations to those recognised today for the significant contributions they have made to policing in Scotland.”

Detective Chief Superintendent McCluskey said: “I am really honoured and humbled to receive this award. I have had the privilege of working with great people, both in the police service and with our partner organisations and would like to thank them for their tremendous support in driving our work forward."

Chief Inspector Tulloch added: "This recognition by Her Majesty the Queen today is a great honour which I am extremely humbled and proud to receive. I am very fortunate and feel privileged to have the opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated people, not only within Police Scotland, but from partner agencies and the voluntary sector who continue to support and keep people in our communities safe."


Detective Chief Inspector Norman Lewis. Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Constable Robert McAllen. Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Inspector Mark Roberts. Police Service of Northern Ireland.

But there was also recognition for those who have volunteered with police forces to help their communities.

Tracy Wren, who joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in 2004, was given a British Empire Medal for 'hands-on service to the community' that makes a 'significant difference'.  

Tracy has been the co-ordinator of the Constabulary's groundbreaking cadet scheme since 2015 and before that worked as a Police Community Support Officer. She helped residents establish the All Pulling Together Association to improve quality of life in the area.

Tracy said: "I am very grateful to be part of an amazing team who work so hard to make the cadet programme the success it is. Gloucestershire police cadets would not be possible without their dedication.I am so proud to receive this honour on behalf of us all

She added: "I am so grateful to the Gloucestershire Constabulary Cadet Programme. Every day it gives me another reason to feel proud to be part of such an amazing team."

And a retired police officer who led the volunteer response to coronavirus in North Wales has been made an MBE.

Special Chief Officer Mark Owen, 57, oversaw a team of volunteers to help out with tasks including delivering prescriptions and food parcels, keeping regular phone contact with the vulnerable, helping out with shopping and reassuring the community.

Mr Owen, from Llanynys in Denbighshire, returned to full-time work after retirement and carried out the roles of Special Constabulary Chief Officer for North Wales Police and chairman of the Pan North Wales Community Resilience Group (CRG).

He said: “You are asking people to volunteer their time, to put on police uniform, use the police equipment, to use powers of arrest, powers of search and to go out on a Friday night and involve themselves in quite vicious and quite nasty circumstances. You are asking them to do that for nothing so it’s a real challenge.”

Those involved in Royal Protection also gained awards.


RVM (Gold)

Martin Pether. For services to Royalty and Specialist Protection.

Audrey Rozario. Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Royalty and Specialist Protection’s Special Escort Group.


Alwin James. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Royal Virgin Islands Police.


Assistant Commissioner Ashton Greenslade. Assistant Commissioner, The Royal Bahamas Police.

Assistant Commissioner Loretta Mackey. Assistant Commissioner, The Royal Bahamas Police.

Commissioner Hilroy Patrick Brandy. Commissioner of Police, The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police.

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Springbok223 - Fri, 01 January 2021

Owens a disaster in Surrey, then given the NCA job by another disaster, Ms May. What does she get the award for???.