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NEWS


Rank and file officers honoured for extraordinary contributions


West Midlands Police’s long-serving female officer was among those recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list on 10 October. PC Rani Gundhu, who joined


the Force 33 years ago, received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for her long service, which has included roles in specialist departments and now the Positive Action team taking steps to improve equality in the workplace. She said: “I am delighted to receive


this honour, I so wish my late father was with us to witness this, it truly is a huge shock. I’ve seen a lot of changes in policing over the last three decades, but my desire to make a difference remains as strong now as it did when I first joined.”


Chief Inspector Mo Aziz and PC Ruth Honegan from Bedfordshire Police were both honoured with the British Empire Medal. The pair


helped recruit record numbers of police officers from diverse backgrounds, transforming the force into one of the most representative police forces in the country.


Retired PC Charles Crichlow, President of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) for four years and a Greater Manchester Police officer from 1990 until March this year, received the QPM. His fellow GMP officer, PC John Williams, was recognised with the British Empire Medal. He is posted with the Serious Collision Investigation Unit and promotes policing within schools and the community, as well as volunteering and fundraising. Sergeant Dave Clarke, an officer with Durham Constabulary since 1996, was awarded the British Empire Medal. He helped set up a community café, a youth club and a radio station as part of his commitment to help residents


“It has given me chance to work in the very heart of the community”


in Stanley. He said he has loved every minute of policing, adding: “It has given me chance to work in the very heart of the community, helping protect vulnerable people and make it a safer place.”


The Met’s Senior Chaplain Jonathan Osborne was made an MBE. He joined the Met 11 years ago and has supported officers and staff through tragic events, including the Grenfell Tower fire. He supported PC Keith Palmer’s family following the officer’s murder in Westminster in 2017 and is a volunteer police officer. For the last three years, the Reverend Jonathan Osborne has also served as Deputy Priest in Ordinary to Her Majesty at the Chapel Royal. John Apter, National Chair of the


Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “It is an extraordinary achievement to receive such recognition from Her Majesty The Queen and I want to congratulate all my colleagues who have received an honour on this special day.”


DID YOU KNOW?


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Mohammed Aziz


Rani Gundhu


Dave Clarke


Jonathan Osborne


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