A ‘super recogniser’ whose skills have helped convict dozens of criminals is among those from the Metropolitan Police Service honoured in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours list.
Nine officers and staff, past and present, have been honoured this year.
The Met’s HR Director Clare Davies has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to policing.
Clare joined Surrey Police in 1991 and became Assistant Chief Officer in 2010. In 2013, she was appointed Deputy HR Director for the MPS and became HR Director in February 2015. Clare led major transformation in both forces and delivered substantial savings. Clare has led major workforce reforms such as the first Direct Entry Superintendents and Police Now programmes in the MPS. She transformed the MPS’ recruitment strategy to secure more than 5,000 new officers in under two years.
Clare said: “As a member of police staff and an HR professional, it continues to be a privilege and absolute honour to work in public service and support such a professional police workforce to keep our communities safe.”
Barry Stickings, a former Police Constable who retired in July 2016, has received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to charity.
Barry 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. The charity has grown significantly under Barry’s stewardship. Barry has supported the charity for the past 20 years, while performing a full-time role as a police officer in the MPS.
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.’
Idris 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 Idris’s ability.
Idris has appeared on television, in the media and before a panel of academics promoting and explaining his super recogniser skills.
Idris works in a busy custody environment, but he still finds time to review ‘Caught on Camera,’ often during his breaks and before and after his shifts.
Idris was the Police Staff of the Year and the Overall Winner at the Commissioner’s Excellence in Total Policing Awards in 2016.
Idris 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.”
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.
She has gone above and beyond in her police leadership of Wandsworth’s Junior Citizen Scheme, Safer Schools, Youth Offending and Police Cadets.
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. PC Cooper was awarded a police commendation in December 2012 for her exceptional support to two vulnerable rape victims, who would not have had the confidence to give evidence at court without her support.
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 Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2016 leading the MPS’ wide-scale Transformation Programme.
DAC Newcomb has also led the MPS’ review of Emergency Response and Patrol Teams, missing people and rough sleepers.
DAC Newcomb said: “I am thrilled and very excited to receive this honour. This award is a reflection of all the brilliant people I work with, I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Tower Hamlets Borough commander Chief Superintendent Sue Williams, who has worked in policing for three decades, has received a QPM.
Before moving to Tower Hamlets in 2015, Chief Superintendent Williams was Borough commander for Redbridge She commanded for four and a half years and during that time increased satisfaction in policing to 82 per cent. Chief Superintendent Williams was instrumental in setting up the Redbridge First Response Service, where frontline staff can refer vulnerable adults to a multitude of services within the borough.
Chief Superintendent Williams is committed to developing her staff through a raft of initiatives.
Chief Superintendent 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. She was also instrumental in drafting ‘A Police Service for All the People’ after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and was the MPS lead on developing a multi-agency strategy ‘Abuse of Vulnerable Adults.’
Chief Superintendent Williams said: “I am absolutely thrilled and it is so unexpected but as someone so passionate about policing and the Met I feel this is a real honour. I hope this will provide a platform for me to further engage communities and inspire others to seek a career in policing our Capital. My success is a reflection of the great people I have had the privilege to work with other the years who continue to support victims of crime and deliver a first class service to our communities, I am part of Team Met.”
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).
The Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said: “I offer my congratulations to these remarkable individuals who are outstanding examples of dedication, innovation and service to their colleagues, partners and the wider public. They are a real credit to the Met.
“I am very proud of all of them, as they should be of themselves, in receiving such prestigious recognitions.”