Met police heroes given royal honours
OFFICERS AND STAFF ARE RECOGNISED
THESE are the police heroes who have been honoured in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours list, including a ‘super recogniser’ so talented, a convict sent him a letter of admiration.
Nine Metropolitan Police Service officers and staff, past and present, have been honoured this year for a variety of reasons, including helping young people, supporting rape victims and devoting time to charity.
Dedicated Detention Officer Idris Bada, based in Westminster, has received a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to policing and his role as a ‘super recogniser’.
Officer Bada has the highest number of positive identifications from ‘caught on camera’ for a police staff member, resulting in burglars, thieves and fraudsters being convicted at court. One burglar was so baffled at being caught, he sent a note expressing admiration for Officer Bada’s ability.
He said: “I am grateful and honoured to receive this award. I am still in the pursuit of perfection in all aspects of my everyday job.”
An OBE (Order of the British Empire) was given to the Met’s HR Director Clare Davies, for her services to policing. Ms Davies joined Surrey Police in 1991 and became Assistant Chief Officer in 2010 and two years later she was appointed Deputy HR Director for the MPS and became HR Director in February 2015.
She transformed the MPS recruitment strategy to secure more than 5,000 new officers in two years.
Barry Stickings, a former police constable who retired in July 2016, has received an MBE for services to charity.
Mr Stickings has been the chairman of the Micro and Anophthalmic Children’s Society, in London, for the past 10 years. The charity provides support and guidance to parents of children who are born without or with under-developed eyes.
Helen Stoodley, a former sergeant who retired in December 2016, has received a BEM for services to policing and youth engagement in south-west London.
Helen has been a dedicated ambassador for youth engagement in Wandsworth and the wider area for 30 years.
Some 500 cadets have been recruited in the past five years as a result of Helen’s dedication.
The honour of the QPM (Queen’s Police Medal) for services to British Policing has been awarded to three officers, including PC Debbie Cooper.
For six years of PC Cooper’s police service, she has brought closure and unfaltering support to in excess of 140 victims of rape and serious sexual assault in her service as a dedicated Sexual Offences Investigative Techniques officer on the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alison Newcomb, who has more than 29 years police service, has received a QPM. Having served in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Constabularies, DAC Newcomb joined the MPS in 2012 as the Commander for 10 of London’s 32 boroughs, including Westminster. She was promoted to DAC in 2016 leading the MPS wide-scale Transformation Programme.
Tower Hamlets Borough commander Chief Superintendent Sue Williams, who has worked in policing for three decades, has received a QPM.
Ch Supt Williams has played a pivotal part in a number of projects for the MPS including Women and Policing, the Independent Advisory Group review and developing the Equality Impact Assessment process.
Inspector Arthur James Clyne and Inspector William Renshaw, both from the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command, will receive the MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order).
Detention Officer Idris Bada
Clare Davies (left) and DAC Alison Newcomb
Ch Supt Sue Williams