Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has congratulated two Warwickshire Police officers who have been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Deputy Chief Constable Karen Manners and Detective Sergeant Kathryn Somerville will attend a special ceremony in London when the Queen will present them with the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the coming months.
Commenting on the awards, Mr Seccombe said:
“I am absolutely delighted at the decision to award the Queen’s Police Medal to DCC Karen Manners and DS Kathryn Somerville. To have two members of Warwickshire Police being honoured in this way at the same time is something of which we can all be very proud.
“Since joining Warwickshire Police, Karen has made a hugely positive impact, driving forward key parts of the alliance transformation programme and ensuring that protection for vulnerable people within our communities is at the forefront of everything we do. This has been replicated at a national level, where she is widely respected as the lead for Child Neglect and Coronial Matters.
“Likewise, DS Kathryn Somerville brings similar drive and determination to the ongoing work to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation. Her efforts have contributed greatly to the much wider awareness that the public now has of this serious issue. Kathryn’s enthusiasm for what is often a very challenging area of work shines through. I have no doubt that this has had a very positive impact on the lives of the victims of child sexual abuse and has helped to protect many other children from harm.
“On behalf of all communities across Warwickshire I am pleased to offer my congratulations to both Karen and Kathryn on this prestigious accolade. It is a great recognition the high calibre of people we have at all levels of policing who are working hard to make Warwickshire a safer and more secure place.”