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 Honours.

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.

Hughie Treasure

PC Hughie Treasure

The Teamworx project aims to boost self-confidence, discipline and team working - and it's helped keep many youngsters in mainstream education.

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.

Gill Squiries

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! 

Mike Rogers

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 Wolverhampton.

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 people safer.

"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."