Essex Police deputy chief constable receives Queen’s Police Medal

Deputy chief constable Derek Benson Deputy chief constable Derek Benson

Monday, June 16, 2014
11:50 AM

One of Essex’s most senior police officers has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his distinguished service to the public.

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Deputy chief constable Derek Benson was given the award as part of the Queen’s official birthday honours list.

Mr Benson, who joined Essex Police in 2006 following a career with the Metropolitan Police, said: “It’s an honour to receive this award. I have been lucky enough to work with so many fantastic colleagues both here in Essex and in the Met. It has been a privilege to work for two such great forces.

“To receive the QPM for doing the job I love is just the icing on the cake.”

Chief constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “This award is fantastic news and I would like to say huge congratulations to Derek. He truly is dedicated to serving the people of Essex and it’s great to see his hard work recognised. Derek has been a huge support to me since I became chief constable in May last year and he is also a huge support to officers and police staff.

“He spends a great deal of his spare time raising funds for charities that are close to our officers hearts, recently completing the New York Marathon for one of his causes. I am sure his family are equally delighted.”

The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) is awarded to police officers in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations, for gallantry or distinguished service.

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