Police win award for support of armed forces

Chief Constable Colette Paul.
Chief Constable Colette Paul.

Bedfordshire Police has received a coveted prize for the support it gives the armed services.

Chief Constable Colette Paul attended the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Awards at the Harpur Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford, on

Tuesday, February 17.

Lord-Lieutenant, Helen Nellis, presented her with a silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme award signed by the Secretary for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Silver award holders “show a flexibility towards training and mobilisation

commitments of Reservist employees and support the employment of Cadet

Instructors, Armed Forces Veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and

military spouses/partners”.

The Lord-Lieutenant was accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Police Cadet, Siani Bugtti, 17, who took over the annual honour from Elisabeth Ackah, from Luton, on 27 January following a ceremony at the town’s police station.

Chief Constable Paul said: “Bedfordshire Police wants to be an employer of choice and awards like this not only demonstrate our commitment to the development of our own people, but our willingness to support partner agencies and learn from those rich experiences.

“Not only have we a number of reservists within the force but, thanks to instructors, we also have a thriving Cadet section which regularly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with cadets from the armed forces at special events. These include annual Remembrance Day parades.”

The day was also a celebration of local people who won awards in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list and amongst them was the Chief Constable’s Personal

Assistant, Bridget Murphy, who was awarded the MBE for services to vulnerable people, working with Bedfordshire Police and Bedford branch Samaritans. Bridget is a former director with the Samaritans, and was an active listener for 17 years.