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Retiring BAWP president gains CBE in New Year's Honours 

Retiring Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick was among the female police officers to be recognised in the latest New Year’s Honours.

Dozens of police officers and staff celebrated the start of 2015 by making the Honours List, which recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK.

ACC Dick, who has been at the Metropolitan Police for 31 years and president of British Association for Women in Policing for more than four years, was made a CBE for her services to policing.

ACC Dick became the first women to become Assistant Commissioner in 2009 left the service on 19 January to begin work at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Cressida Dick has been a fantastic leader in the Metropolitan Police and takes on some of the most difficult roles in policing. She is a role model for women across the service. We wish her well for the future.”

Joanne Ashworth, Director of Forensic Services at East Midlands Special Operations Unit, covering five police forces, was awarded an OBE, while Carole Atkinson, a volunteer for the Met, was awarded an MBE for services to the community in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Among those to win a Queen’s Police Medal was Rebecca Cawsey, a Detective Inspector from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, who has worked on a campaign with the NSPCC to keep children safe from sexual abuse.

Janette McCormick, Deputy Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary; Stephanie Morgan, former temporary Deputy Chief Constable at Leicestershire Constabulary; and Helen Spooner, a Detective Inspector from Cheshire Constabulary were also honoured with a QPM.

ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde said: “It is great to see recognition of officers, staff and volunteers across the ranks in this New Year’s Honours list. 

“It is just reward for the countless effort they put in to help protect not just their communities but the public as a whole and recognises the high respect in which they are held.”


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