New Years Honours: Met Police Commissioner knighted

09:36 29 December 2012

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe. File picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe. File picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been knighted and police officers who have helped protect the Royal Family have been recognised in the New Years Honours.

The Commissioner was recognised for his work to bringing new energy and action on gangs, guns and knife crime in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and his focus on sustaining front line visibility, as well as for overseeing policing during the Diamond Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He said: “I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire, Merseyside and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate.

“I couldn’t have achieved this without the love and support of my wife Marion, and my mum, who hasn’t seen the day.”

Five other Met Police members and one retired officer were also named in the New Years Honours for their outstanding contribution to policing.

Ch Insp Vincent Hoar, who has 31 years service, has been appointed a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

He has been recognised for his contribution to policing and his work as head of the Special Escort Group, who provides escorts for senior members of the Royal Family and visiting Heads of State.

Recent major events for the team included the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Ch Insp Hoar said: “It has been a great privilege to lead the Special Escort Group and this appointment pays tribute to the team’s professionalism. I am deeply honoured.”

Now retired Insp Richard Lett has appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO). He joined Royalty Protection in January 1999, as a Personal Protection Officer to Princes William and Harry and later to Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

He undertook a highly significant role co-ordinating protection at Westminster Abbey for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also acted as Protection Coordinator for many events at Buckingham Palace during the recent London Olympic Games.

Insp Lett retired from the Metropolitan Police in November 2012, after completing 30 years of outstanding service, in particular with the Royalty Protection Department.

He said: “I am immensely proud of all my service with the Metropolitan Police. The opportunity to contribute to so many major events, the protection of the Royal Family and the diversity of the capital city has made policing in London a wonderful experience.”

PC James Engelbach receives the Queen’s Policing Medal for Distinguished Service.

The 58-year-old has been in the police for 39 years. He spent the first two and a half years of his career in Norfolk before joining the Met. PC Engelbach, who works on a response team in Ealing, has spent the majority of his career working a 24-hour shift and dealing with the emergency calls from the public at the very front line of policing.

During his career he has policed the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

His most memorable moment was when he rescued a man from a burning building in the early 1990s. He attended the scene after receiving reports of a building ablaze in Paddington. The occupier had returned from a night out, started cooking some food and fell asleep, resulting in the food catching fire and the building going up in flames. PC Engelbach crawled into the burning building and dragged the man out, ultimately saving his life.

He said: “I’m stunned to be awarded this great honour. I’ve have experienced a lot in the job and had plenty of fun on the way, and I’m not quite finished yet.”

Robert Crawley, known as Bob, is head of health and wellbeing and has been made an OBE for his development and advancement of occupational health services available to MPS officers and staff.

The 58-year-old has worked in the MPS for over 40 years and in the Occupational Health Unit for more than 12 years.

In that time his team has developed a variety of initiatives and won a number of awards for helping individuals identify and manage stress. He has also been active in improving attendance management in the MPS reducing absence levels by 30 percent and encouraging healthier lifestyles through health promotion initiatives covering fitness regimes. He has also been instrumental in providing advice and guidance on specific issues such as gender specific cancers.

He said said: “I am very pleased to have the work and contribution of the Occupational Health Unit recognised outside of the Met.”

Det Ch Supt James Busby has been awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal for Distinguished Service for services to Counter Terrorism Policing, including the planning for the 2012 Olympic Games.

He was the lead counter terrorist planner for the Olympic Games and was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations during The Games themselves.

Det Ch Supt Busby said: “I am really proud of our very small team who, behind the scenes, did so much for so long to make the Games safe. This is a tribute to their dedication to duty and professionalism.”

Det Supt Pamela Mace, who has worked for the MPS for 30 years and is currently based in the Counter Terrorism Command, is awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal for Distinguished Service.

She said: “I am extremely honoured to be awarded a QPM. Awards like this are never achieved alone and I must thank my family and colleagues who have supported me over the past 30 years in the Met Police.”

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