Congratulations to West Midlands officers recognised in New Year honours
WEST 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
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
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 in
Cheshire with his family, said he was humbled to hear he'd been
Speaking of his award he said: "I am delighted to receive such a
prestigious award and felt extremely humbled when my name was
"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
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
"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
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).