Two police chief constables are among those commended by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours list.
Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in this year’s honours, which were revealed today (Tuesday). Cambridgeshire Police chief constable Simon Parr has also been given the same honour.
Also in the region, Candice Pellett, pictured left, a district nurse with the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, based in Bourne, has been awarded an OBE for services to nursing.
Medical director of Rainbows children’s hospice, which covers Rutland, Dr Satbir Jassal, was awarded an MBE for services to palliative care for children and young people. And Teresa Walton, of Oadby, who runs the Leicester, Northants and Rutland Cadet Force website, was given a BEM for voluntary service to the Army Cadet Force.
Mr Cole took up his position as chief constable in 2010 and has led a national portfolio for the Association of Chief Police Officers on mental health and disability since September 2011.
This morning he tweeted that he had celebrated his honour with a pint of Rutland Panther, which is produced at The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham.
Mr Cole said: “I am thrilled and humbled in equal measure to be awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours list.
“I am not sure who nominated me but I am aware of the level of achievement required to get this award, not least because I know that we as a force nominated some great people whose names don’t appear in the List.
“The medal is inscribed ‘guard my people’ and I hope that all the men and women of this force who strive every day to do just that across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland feel able to share a part of it, because it reflects their efforts just as much as it does mine.
“I would also like to acknowledge the support of my family, friends and my immediate team, as well as those colleagues nationally who support work on policing mental health and disability, and local policing and partnerships.”
Mr Parr said: “Recognition of this kind is not what we work for in policing, which makes it all the more exciting when it comes. It is also a great reflection on the constabulary, and all the selfless work that colleagues do each and every day.”