Essex Police deputy chief constable receives Queen’s Police Medal

11:50 16 June 2014

Deputy chief constable Derek Benson

Deputy chief constable Derek Benson

Archant

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

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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

09:30
UDC deputy leader, Cllr Susan Barker, said the council is not proposing any sites at this moment in time.

Uttlesford District Council has been accused by residents living near a proposed gypsy and traveller site of “trying to fit a square peg in a round hole”.

Fri, 09:30
Cllr Julie Redfern said she could not support the loss of developers' contributions for ten and less dwellings.

A further fall in funding for affordable housing has triggered dismay among councillors, following a far-reaching change in government policy.

Thu, 14:34
The High Sheriff of Essex, Nicholas Charrington (front, centre) is joined by Insp Mick Couldridge of Essex Police, Uttlesford District Council chairman, Cllr Keith Artus, and representatives from the community safety partnership and participating Keep Safe venues at the official launch of the scheme.

An innovative scheme has been launched to help vulnerable people feel safe when they are in Saffron Walden town centre.

Thu, 11:15
A 17-year-old girl's car collided just outside Saffron Walden County High School at around 10am on January 22. The girl sustained minor injuries in the crash.

A 17-year-old girl had a lucky escape after her car crashed just outside a secondary school this morning (Thursday).

E-edition

Most read stories

Most commented stories