By Joe Talora, local democracy reporter
Several Metropolitan Police officers have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for their achievements and services to policing.
Eleven Met officers and one member of police staff have been recognised in this year’s list, with two officers being made MBEs.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I was delighted to learn of our colleagues who have been recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours.
“I wish to congratulate them all and thank them for their outstanding commitment and service.
“Each recipient has been exceptional in their job, and throughout their career has gone above and beyond in order to make a real difference to public safety, to policing and to London. They are all an inspiration and display the very best traditions of policing.”
Among those honoured were Detective Inspector Lee Barnard and Detective Sergeant Janet Hills who were made MBEs for their services to policing and victims of domestic abuse and policing and community relations respectively.
Detective Sergeant Janet Hills was the first woman to lead the National Black Police Association and Metropolitan Police Service Black Police Association and has been recognised by the Queen for her dedication to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic officers and communities in London.
DS Hills said: “It is an absolute privilege to be receiving this award. I feel truly humbled to be nominated by people who have recognised my efforts in trying to bridge the gap between the African, Caribbean and Asian heritage communities in the UK and the Police Service.
“In accepting this award I recognise the people that have walked this path with me and thank them for their advice and support. This has been a particularly hard year for so many people and I hope that this news brings as much joy to them as it has to me.”
Detective Inspector Lee Barnard was recognised for his contributions to protecting vulnerable victims of crime and tackling domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, having played a major part in the creation of the Stalking Threat Assessment Centre which operates in partnership between police and mental health trusts to safeguard some of London’s most vulnerable victims of crime.
DI Barnard said: “I feel truly humbled and honoured to receive this award and hope that it may draw more attention to tackling domestic abuse and stalking.
“I would like to recognise the hard working staff within our Community Safety Units across London, as well as the tireless and dedicated victim advocates, the charities and the support services that work within this sector.
“I would also like to recognise the work of my immediate line manager, along with numerous senior officers, who have always shown faith and supported me in everything I have tried to do to improve the service the Met provides to victims of domestic abuse and stalking.”
The twelve Met police and staff who have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours are:
Detective Inspector Lee Barnard – Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Detective Sergeant Janet Hills – Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Special Inspector Olson Jacques Oxenham – British Empire Medal (BEM)
Police Constable Ceyhun Uzun – British Empire Medal (BEM)
Police Constable Lancelot Edmondson – British Empire Medal (BEM)
Detective Chief Superintendent Kate Halpin – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar (Retired) – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Chief Superintendent Jane Johnson – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Superintendent Hannah Faith Wheeler – Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Police Constable Martin Pether (Retired) – Royal Victorian Medal (Silver)
Police Staff Audrey Rozario – Royal Victorian Medal (Silver
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