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​Met celebrates Queen’s New Year Honours

News   •   Dec 27, 2019 22:35 GMT

The achievements and long police service of Met officers and staff has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “It is an incredibly special moment for our colleagues to find out they have received recognition in this year’s New Year’s Honours by Her Majesty the Queen.

“Their achievements are so impressive and so varied - from working in the most difficult and personally challenging fields of preventing and investigating serious crimes and terrorism; protecting our ports and airports and the public who use them; supporting those who have suffered the most appalling crimes and loss of a loved one; and protecting members of the Royal Family; to volunteering so much time and creativity to the Met; helping young people and serving our local communities – each of these recipients has had a wonderful impact.

“The New Year Honours help shine a light on just some of the many talented and brilliantly committed people in the MPS. Londoners can be proud of these men and women who care so much about keeping their communities safe.”

Members of the MPS who have received honours are:

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
James Douglass (Police Staff, National Ports Protective Security Lead, NCTPHQ)
For services to policing and national security

James has had an exemplary 43 year policing career – much of it in aviation and ports policing. He was responsible for introducing the plan for UK airports to receive aircraft in distress, he operates at a global level representing the UK in relation to maritime security at NATO and other global summits and workshops and has led national strategies to counter the Irish terror threat before running the policing of Heathrow Airport.

He retired as a police officer after 30 years’ service but continued as the Home Office Deputy National Coordinator of Ports Policing. He is the President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, is an expert advisor to the International Ports Policing Association, and a member of many European cross-border working groups. He was awarded the 9/11 memorial International Policing Medal by the U.S. recognising his outstanding contribution to aviation security.

In addition to his demanding role within the police service, for over 20 years he provided guidance and support to the development of a pre-school nursery in London. He also provided long term support to local primary school activity and worked with the Girl Guides Association when planning regional events both within the UK and abroad. This included regular travel abroad (at his own cost) to assist with the management of overseas camps. His exceptional work with the European and International policing groups as outlined above has also been done on a voluntary basis.

British Empire Medal (BEM)
Julian Pell-Coggings (Constable, Youth Engagement Officer)
For services to young people of Enfield

Julian has dedicated himself to transforming a previously failing cadet unit and has dramatically changed young lives in the process.

When he took over as Cadet Coordinator at Enfield volunteer Police Cadets in November 2012, it was on the verge of collapse, with only 45 members. More than xix years later, there are now three separate units containing 119 Senior Cadets and 89 Junior Cadets.

Many of the children he works with are from among the most deprived and highest crime areas in the country and struggle with poverty and domestic violence. Some are referred to him to divert them away from youth offending. He draws on his own experiences to enable them to work as part of a team to make a positive difference to their community, and build self-worth, confidence and skills for the future in the process.

He has supported five cadets in their application to successfully become police specials and regulars, and a cadet leader and special constable in her detective constable selection.

Police cadets received limited funding, so he has used his contacts to secure free training locations and transport for trips and camps. He arranges sponsorship events to pay for children who would otherwise be unable to afford trips and equipment, ensuring that all are given the same opportunities regardless of their background and financial circumstances.

Once a week, cadets meet to learn the theory on laws and put them into practice. They practice drill, undertake fitness sessions and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. In the past four years the DofE scheme has grown from nothing to the third best in the MPS. Not content to stop there, he has instigated a Saturday volunteering session in which cadets engage with members of the public to offer targeted crime prevention advice, boosting their self-esteem and sense of purpose within their communities in the process. He also arranges events to support local charities from carol singing to bag packing.

His commitment has seen him take on personal training in mountaineering and external courses to enhance and extend the camps and activities available to them. His skill and compassion came to the fore on one such trip when, whilst walking with a group of cadets in Helvellyn in Cumbria, he witnessed a man fall down the mountain side. He ensured the safety of the cadets before climbing down the mountain side for 20 minutes to reach the fallen man and endeavoured to save his life, unfortunately without success. He then ensured all the cadets were debriefed and families updated. He received thanks from the man’s family through Cumbria police.

He recognises the work of the volunteer staff who help him with the cadets, taking time to recommend them for awards and show his appreciation for their support. He does not ask for the same recognition for himself, selflessly giving up his holidays and weekends and sacrificing his time with his family for the good of his cadets.

British Empire Medal (BEM)
Alan Seldon (Special Constable, Central Specialist Crime)
For services to the community for over 40 years

He started volunteering for the police in 1978, and since 2007 he has designed the system for, implemented and then led all professional and voluntary police officer staff within the Specialist Crime function in the Metropolitan Police, a high profile department.

Initially he created an idea of using specialists in their trade in the Art and Antiques world, embarking on a project called 'ArtBeat', where a number of Special Constables were recruited from museums, art venues and auction houses in London to help this small, five full-time officer unit deal with the disproportionate volume of work they deal with, including helping to find and restore stolen artwork from markets and auction houses in and around London.

These ArtBeat officers also helped on-going investigations by imparting their industry knowledge to the detectives whose job it was to investigate technically challenging and complex crime.

This was the first time the police had used 'specialist Specials' and ArtBeat was a resounding success.

It has been the model used in the Metropolitan Police ever since, having been further deployed into a number of other departments, including in 2008 to helping the newly created 'Police Central e-crime Unit' (now part of the National Crime Agency) recruit more 'specialist Specials' into the department - this time computer hardware and software experts.

In addition, he helped to repatriate the stolen left fist from the statue of Saddam Hussein that was famously pulled down in Firdos Square, Baghdad, that had made its way into the UK back to the Iraqi authorities.

Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Deborah Akinlawon (Detective Constable, Central Specialist Crime-Major Inquiries)

The focus of Deborah’s career has been working on major investigations, as a family liaison officer (FLO) specialist.

Her first deployment to a critical incident was the Brixton Nail Bombing in 1999, one of a series of bomb explosions over three successive weekends targeting London's Black, South Asian and gay communities. The Brixton bomb contained up to 1,500 four-inch nails and was left in a holdall in Brixton Market, injuring 48 people. She was hospital liaison at St Thomas’s Hospital for a number of days, working with victims and their families alongside Counter Terrorism investigators.

Her next deployment to a high profile critical incident was to the Damilola Taylor Murder from 2000-2001 where as a young, female BME officer, she had an immensely positive impact on the community.

In 2003 Deborah was one of the pioneering officers involved in launching the Cultural and Communities Resource Unit whereby investigations could access the specific knowledge and expertise of employees from particular religious or ethnic backgrounds. She demonstrated the need for such a unit when she was deployed as community liaison to the high profile murder enquiry known as the ‘Torso in the Thames’. The body of an unidentified young boy, dubbed ‘Adam’ by the enquiry team, was discovered in the River Thames in September 2001. Police believed the boy originated from south-western Nigeria and that several days before his murder he had been trafficked to the UK for a multi ritual sacrifice. Given her Nigerian heritage and faith links, she acted as liaison officer to Nigeria for the investigation team over a period of six years.

In 2005 Deborah completed formal training as a Family Liaison Officer where her professionalism and empathy have been repeatedly displayed over a number of critical incidents and high profile enquiries, most notably Operation Minstead, the largest and most complex rape investigation ever undertaken by the MPS. From 2005-2010 she was part of this major inquiry to identify the offender responsible for a series of burglaries, rapes and sexual assaults that occurred across South East London in the early 1990s, all committed against elderly women living alone. As part of the enquiry team, she was the FLO for many of the 80+ elderly victims. She continued to support them after Delroy Easton Grant was identified and later convicted in March 2011.

Deborah then moved to a murder investigation team where she deployed to the families involved in several high profile homicide investigations. These include the murder of 15-year-old schoolboy Sofyen Belamoudden in March 2010. Sofyen was set upon by a gang of teenagers who stabbed, kicked and punched him to death in front of horrified rush hour commuters at Victoria Tube Station. She supported the family through the series of trials involving 20 defendants, the largest joint prosecution of a gang over a killing.

She was again selected as FLO for a high profile investigation following the murder of pensioner Richard Mannington-Bowes during the 2011 London Riots. As disorder swept the city, perpetrator Darrell Desuze punched Mr Mannington-Bowes who hit his head on the pavement and suffered brain damage. She was deployed to his family, supporting his sister throughout the investigation and subsequent trial.

Having been a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) for almost a decade, Deborah was selected for the central Family Liaison Disaster Management Team where her responsibilities include acting as a Family Liaison Advisor to all commands within the MPS.

In this role, she helps set the family liaison strategy, which is essential to any police investigation, and ensures the ongoing well-being and professional development of her FLO colleagues.

She contributes significantly to improving the ability of the MPS & UK policing to respond to mass fatality incidents, both in London and overseas. This includes the Tunisia terrorist attack of 2015; London Bridge/Borough Market terrorist attack of 2017 and Grenfell Tower fire.

She displayed tenacity, professionalism and operational knowledge alongside her communication skills and empathy for all those involved.

At London Bridge, she worked through the night and into the next day in order to oversee the disaster victim identification response, liaising with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and NHS to obtain relevant records from abroad and from hospitals to identify the deceased as quickly as possible.

Just as the long hours were about to draw to an end, she was then deployed to the Grenfell Tower fire. This was one of the biggest such operations outside of counter-terrorism that the MPS has ever undertaken and one of the largest and most complex deployments of FLOs. She championed the deployment of Occupational Health support, oversaw pastoral care and arranged debriefs for the FLOs to allow them to return to their home force/teams effectively supported.

Deborah is also currently Chair of the Metropolitan Police Christian Police Association (MetCPA). She has assisted with several MetCPA events, sings for them and meets recruits at Hendon where she introduces herself as both an FLO and a Christian. This conveys the help and support the MetCPA can offer at times of need whilst also letting new recruits know about the family liaison role. Through the MetCPA she has attended meetings with the Mayor of London and attended the Houses of Parliament to speak before a number of MPs. As part of the MetCPA she has also established strong links within the Christian community.

Detective Constable Deborah Akinlawon, said: “I am incredibly honoured and humbled by this recognition, however I would not be in a position to accept it if it was not for all the other officers I have worked with along the way that have supported me and developed me, professionally.

“I have had the privilege of working with some of the best officers and been part of some of the best teams, however the real fulfilment comes from supporting victims’ families at some of their most difficult times and from working alongside officers and staff who do an amazing job, sometimes at great cost, every day.”

Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Lisa Harman (Detective Superintendent, Counter Terrorism Command)

Lisa is a Detective Superintendent in the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and is also the national lead for forensic support to counter terror (CT) investigations; a vast, highly specialised and vital component of all CT investigations.

Lisa began her police career with the Met in 1992 and has been a detective for the majority of her career. She has served in frontline and specialist crime policing roles, investigated high-harm gang and gun crimes in the Trident Command, has led the Met’s Surveillance wing and since 2005 has served at every rank from Detective Sergeant to Detective Superintendent within the Counter Terrorism Command.

This has been an extraordinary period in counter terrorism policing marked by attack plots ranging from the suicide bombings of 7/7, the Operation Overt ‘Airlines’ bomb plot, the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning, the Haymarket bomb plot, the brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, the attack in Sousse, Tunisia and the unprecedented wave of terror attacks in 2017 including both the Westminster and London Bridge marauding terror attacks. She has worked on every one of these major terror plot investigations, and innumerable other operations in between, and as a consequence is unsurpassed in CT policing in terms of her skills, knowledge and expertise in this arena.

She led the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command’s forensic response in supporting the demanding and uniquely challenging Salisbury and Amesbury Novichok poisoning investigations. This posed unique and unprecedented forensic challenges in terms of the extensive search regime and the recovery of the evidence of these attacks; along with the management of the contaminated victims themselves.

Lisa plays a leading role on the National Network Capabilities Boards for both Surveillance and Operations Rooms.

As the longest-serving and most senior female detective within the Met’s Counter Terrorism command, she has also been instrumental in promoting women’s career paths into CT policing in particular.

Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Fiona Mallon (Detective Chief Superintendent, Covert Policing)

This senior female detective has spent her career promoting the role and contribution of women in policing. She has repeatedly demonstrated it is possible to ‘break the glass ceiling’.

She has attained a series of ‘firsts’ for women in the UK policing service. In 2002, she was the first female officer to take up the role of Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) for East London, within the Homicide Command. In her career, she has investigated and led over 80 homicide investigations.

In 2006, she was the first female SIO to lead investigations within Operation Trident (MPS response to gang-related fatal shootings).

In 2009, Fiona became the first female Detective Superintendent within Operation Trident managing proactive and reactive investigations and taking the national lead for operations against illegal firearms suppliers. She championed opportunities for women, showing that pregnancy in the workplace is not an inhibitor to career progression. To drive greater gender diversity in her teams, she introduced recruitment drives, mentoring groups and support networks, which significantly increased female representation within major crime investigation.

Whilst on Trident, she volunteered and qualified for the additional role of Strategic Firearms Commander (SFC), subsequently managing over 200 high risk firearms operations. She used her expertise and credibility to increase the representation of women SFCs and was recognised by the National Police Superintendents Association for her contribution to the police management of firearms operations.

In 2014, following a national HMIC inspection and the initiation of the Undercover Policing Inquiry, she was appointed National Professionalism lead and continues to support the development of all covert policing functions nationally and internationally.

In 2016 she was appointed Temporary Commander for Major Crime investigation. She led the police response to the Dame Elish Angiolini review and was instrumental in delivering joint CPS/Police improvements to the performance and attrition rate of rape cases.

She also led a think tank of key national strategic leads to deliver National Authorised Professional Practice for rape investigation and national collaboration projects to improve the investigation of sexual assault against children.

In the last two year she has led several covert international and national collaboration projects on behalf of UK policing, delivering policing capabilities to prevent, disrupt and investigate serious and organised crime and terrorism. These have delivered multi million pound savings for UK law enforcement and delivered transformational capability to protect our communities.

She presents at the College of Policing SFC and Counter Terrorism SFC training courses, giving up time to coach and mentor candidates through ongoing accreditation. She has been asked to present at international conferences and continues to support the development of international crime investigation.

She has been a pioneer for female police officers across the UK. Her drive, determination and second-to-none expertise have enabled her to play a key role in advancing female representation at all levels within the police service, in the UK and internationally.

Detective Chief Superintendent Fiona Mallon said: “Being recognised for my service to UK policing is an absolute honour and privilege, one that I could not have achieved without the support of my colleagues, family and friends.”

Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)
Dominic Murphy (Detective Superintendent, Counter Terrorism Command)

Dominic has 26 years' police service and spent the first 11 years of this service in Hertfordshire Constabulary. For the last fifteen years, Dominic has worked for both the Metropolitan Police Anti-terrorist Branch and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

Dominic is a Detective Superintendent and Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) within the CTC and over his service has had a role in a large number of significant terrorism and national security investigations including responding to a number of terrorist attacks both in the UK and overseas.

Dominic has led efforts to identify and repatriate victims of terrorism from a number of incidents in the UK and overseas during this time.

His time in the Anti-Terrorist Branch and Counter Terrorism Command coincided with an extraordinary period in counter terrorism policing, marked by attack plots ranging from the suicide bombings of 7/7, Operation Overt ‘Airlines’ bomb plot, the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning, the Haymarket bomb plot, the brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, the attack in Sousse, Tunisia and the unprecedented wave of terror attacks in 2017 including both the Westminster and London Bridge marauding terror attacks. Dominic has been involved in every one of these major terror plot investigations as well as countless others and, as a consequence, has gained extensive skills, knowledge and expertise in CT policing.

In 2018, as a Detective Superintendent, Dominic also had a lead role in the investigation into the Salisbury Novichok attack. Dominic is one of the longest-serving senior detectives within counter terrorism investigations a role he continues to perform today.

Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
Graham Daly (Sergeant, Royalty Protection and then Royalty and Specialist Protection)

Graham has been a highly effective member of Royalty Protection and then Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP) Command for a number of years. He has shown commitment to his role, both as a protection officer to senior members of the Royal Family and in other, supporting roles. He has worked long periods away from home throughout his service, giving careful consideration to those he is protecting as well as a very high level of professionalism.

Graham has been deployed on multiple extended tours of duty to Scotland and has been pivotal in the smooth running of the annual protection operation at the tennis championships in Wimbledon, where he has helped run the venue team for many years.

Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
David Newell (Sergeant, RaSP)

David has been a highly effective member of Royalty and Specialist Protection Command. He has shown absolute commitment to his role. He has worked extraordinary periods away from home throughout his service and has done this with care, compassion and a very high level of professionalism.

He has been deployed on multiple extended tours of duty to Scotland as well as multiple overseas tours and private visits.