FEMALE officers across the differing ranks were honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for their services to policing in the Birthday Honours.
PC Amanda Dickens, of South Yorkshire Police, (pictured) has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her work in neighbourhood policing and child sexual exploitation.
She has also worked alongside police staff to set up diversionary activities for young people on her Rotherham patch, to keep them out of trouble.
District commander for Rotherham, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Amanda. She works tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of many. These awards are testimony to her commitment to public service.”
PC Dickens said: “I’m just in shock about the MBE, but very proud and honoured to have it. It’s a once in a lifetime thing.
Alicia Palmer was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to Police Welfare.
Judith Gillespie, former deputy chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She had served with the force for more than 30 years when she retired in March.
And Beryl Clark, a long term volunteer at Lancashire Constabulary, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Policing and the community in Preston.
Sharon Rowe, of West Midlands Police, was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition of her work with the force. The former temporary deputy chief constable – now retired - said: “I am honoured to have received QPM today. Policing is a fantastic career.”
Other worthy winners of the QPM were Hertfordshire Constabulary's assistant chief constable Alison Roome-Gifford, PC Gaynor Grout, of Surrey Police, and PC Karen MacDonald, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
PC MacDonald has worked for the force for eight years during which time she had “dramatically reduced” offences carried out by young people through her preventative work.