‘Delighted and humbled’
Hard-working Buckinghamshire residents have had their work in the community recognised by being included in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List 2015. Some 19 people from the county have received Queen’s birthday honours, including one CBE, seven OBEs, six MB
THAMES Valley Police’s Deputy Chief Constable (DCC), a regional head of forensics and a retired detective chief superintendent have been honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
DCC John Campbell has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his services to policing.
DCC Campbell, who was appointed Deputy Chief Constable last month, has been recognised, among other roles, for his work as Gold commander during the 2012 Olympic Games, Olympic torch relay and the widespread floods of last year. He has also been honoured for his achievements in his recent role as Assistant Chief Constable for Crime.
DCC Campbell said: “I’m hugely honoured to be receiving this award. I joined the police to make a difference to people’s lives and the communities in which they live. Not only is it a personal recognition but a reflection on all of the wonderful people I’ve been fortunate to work with in my time in the force and the efforts they put in daily to ensure our communities remain as safe as possible.”
Retired Thames Valley Police Det Chief Supt Andrew Murray – who most recently led Force Crime from 2012 to March 2015, has also been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his services to policing.
As part of his 30 year service, Mr Murray led on numerous major crime investigations including the Jayden Parkinson murder and was key to implementing organisational learnings around child sexual exploitation.
He said: “I’m extremely delighted to have been awarded the QPM. It’s a wonderful end to a long and rewarding career in the public service. Whilst it’s a great feeling to be recognised for my achievements, I’m all too aware that none of it would have been possible without the hard work, support and commitment of my colleagues in the force and the support of my family. To all of those people – thank you.”
Head of forensics and digital investigation for the South East Counter Terrorism Unit Keith Asman was made an MBE. Mr Asman spent more than three decades working with the Metropolitan Police before moving to SECTU six years ago. He said: “I’m delighted and humbled to be receiving an MBE. I’ve dedicated my professional life to serving and protecting the public and to be recognised by my country for my contribution is an enormous honour. I’d also like to acknowledge the support and contribution from family and colleagues.”
Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police Francis Habgood said: “I’m absolutely delighted that three members of Thames Valley Police have been recognised for their contribution to policing. They’ve each demonstrated commitment and exceptional professionalism and I’m exceptionally proud of John, Andy and Keith.”
HONOURS: Above, Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell. Left, retired Thames Valley Police Det Chief Supt Andrew Murray and far left, Keith Asman, head of forensics and digital investigation for the South East Counter Terrorism Unit