WMP trio awarded MBEs in Queens Birthday Honours
Three West Midlands Police officers have been given a royal seal
of approval after picking up awards in the Queen's Birthday
Neighbourhood PC Hughie Treasure, child abuse detective Gill
Squires and the force's Head of Special Constabulary Mike Rogers
have all picked up MBEs for their services to policing.
Young Persons Officer Hughie has developed a programme for
primary school pupils on his Sandwell beat who are at risk of
exclusion due to their challenging behaviour.
PC Hughie Treasure
The Teamworx project aims to boost self-confidence, discipline
and team working - and it's helped keep many youngsters in
The 50-year-old - who joined West Midlands Police in 2004 - also
works on projects helping to steer children away from crime and
anti-social behaviour. It's included organising trips into prison
where they hear first-hand from convicted criminals on the dangers
of drink and drug addiction.
Detective Constable Gill Squires is a vastly experienced child
abuse investigator who, in recent years, has dedicated much of her
professional and personal time to raising awareness of and tackling
Female Genital Mutilation.
DC Gill Squires
Gill has become a leading UK authority on FGM and played a key
role in the introduction of FGM Protection Orders which are now
used by police forces to protect girls and women considered at risk
of the barbaric procedure.
She's run operations at airports aimed at identifying and
safeguarding girls who could be flown out of the country for FGM,
worked with partners to raise awareness in communities and helped
develop a learning package for police officers.
And Gill has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in her own time to
raise money for a Kenyan FGM rescue centre.
Final MBE recipient Mike Rogers is a lawyer by day…but a
volunteer police officer by night!
Special Chief Officer Mike Rogers
The 66-year-old, from Dudley, is West Midlands Police's Special
Constabulary Chief Officer and heads up the force's 150-plus
volunteer police officers.
Every month he dedicates around 80 hours of his time to policing
for free - just as he's done for the past 47 years.
When not working or volunteering for the Special
Constabulary, Mike is busy raising funds for charity including
Compton Care, formerly known as Compton Hospice, in his hometown of
West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said
all three MBEs are worthy recipients of the regal accolade.
She said: "Hughie, Gill and Mike are working in very different
departments of West Midlands Police - but what unites them is a
genuine passion to make a difference in our communities and to make
"I'm thrilled that their commitment has been acknowledged by
becoming members of the British Empire!"
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "The West
Midlands has some of the best bobbies in the world. But don't just
take my word for it. The queen herself clearly thinks so too!
"I'm delighted to see that the remarkable work of Hughie, Mike
and Gill has been given the credit it so rightly deserves."