Congratulations to West Midlands officers recognised in New Year honours

dave thompsonWEST Midlands Police are seeing in 2014 with a double celebration as the Queen honours a senior police officer and a recently retired Chief Superindendent.

Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson (left) and former Chief Superintendent Neil Evans (below) have today (31 December) been named as the recipients of the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

The medals will be presented to them both by the Queen, or another senior Royal family member, at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Both recipients had been sworn to secrecy by Buckingham Palace officials until the official list was published today.

Having spent most of his distinguished policing career in Manchester, Mr Thompson joined West Midlands Police in June 2010 as Deputy Chief Constable.

Before his move to the Midlands, for three years Mr Thompson was Assistant Chief Constable at Greater Manchester Police. From 1999-2003 he led the policing of east Manchester and played a key part in the policing of the 2002 Commonwealth Games before becoming head of GMP's Specialist Operations Branch.

He spent three years as divisional commander for the south Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan divisions, then as ACC Security he was responsible for counter terrorism and crime.

Since 2007, Mr Thompson has undertaken various aspects of national work on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) - including responsibility for the domestic policing operation for both the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 football tournaments.

In July 2012 he took over the Criminal Use of Firearms portfolio, working in partnership with the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and contributing to the organised crime strategy.

As part of his current role with West Midlands Police he also supports the Chief Constable and command team in delivering the force's change programme.

DCC Thompson said: "I am delighted and very honoured to have been awarded the Queen's Police Medal. Policing is a fantastic career. I feel very lucky to have spent my career in such interesting places, culminating in a role with such a wonderful force as West Midlands Police."

Also celebrating being named as a recipient of the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) is recently retired West Midlands Police Chief Superintendent Neil Evans who has a career spanning 30 years.

Upon being told the news, the 53-year-old former Chief Supt, who now lives inNeil Evans Cheshire with his family, said he was humbled to hear he'd been honoured.

Speaking of his award he said: "I am delighted to receive such a prestigious award and felt extremely humbled when my name was announced.

"It has been an absolute privilege to serve the communities of the West Midlands for the last 26 years. I have been fortunate enough to work alongside some truly inspirational colleagues during my policing career and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them. A special thank you goes to my family - whose support has always remained unwavering."

Neil began his 30-year distinguished service with the Metropolitan Police when he joined them as a police constable in 1983. He moved to West Bromwich in 1987 and within three years he was promoted to sergeant in Wolverhampton.

As he moved up the ranks in his crime-fighting career Neil spent time in Walsall, Halesowen, Stourbridge and Bloxwich. Five years ago he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and returned to Wolverhampton where he remained as Commander until his retirement in 2013.

During his career Neil was recognised as being the West Midlands Police lead for the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) scheme. IOM is a new way of working to manage offenders. By bringing together multi-agency teams the scheme aims to more effectively manage offenders who pose the highest risk to communities while making sure help is available to those that need it.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said, "Congratulations to both Neil and Dave on their well-deserved Queen's Police Medals. This recognition demonstrates the excellence of the officers serving the people of the West Midlands.

"Deputy Chief Constable Thompson has quickly become an indispensable member of the command team, and is leading the programme to transform our use of technology. This award is also in recognition of his work as the national policing lead on the response to the threat posed by guns and gangs in our communities.

"As the borough commander in Wolverhampton, Neil Evans was trusted and respected by colleagues and partners, and it was a pleasure to work with him as a ward councillor there, police authority member and now Police and Crime Commissioner. His work in supporting the development and implementation of integrated offender management helped West Midlands Police and partners achieve some of the best performance in reducing reoffending in the country."

Bob Jones has also offered his congratulations to Cllr Ann Lucas, leader of Coventry City Council (awarded an OBE) and Stephen Rimmer, recently seconded to be the region's strategic leader on action against the sexual exploitation of children and other vulnerable people, who was awarded the CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath).