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Chief Constable Andy Cooke expressed his delight as 2 more
members named in the Queens New Year's Honours
MERSEYSIDE Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke has
expressed his delight following the news that 2 members of the Force have been
named as recipients of awards in the Queens New Year's Honours list.
Following the announcement that Merseyside Police Detective Inspector Sabi Kaur
and Wirral PCSO Sharon Broderick have been given awards in the New Year's
Honours, Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said:- "On behalf of all the officers
and staff of Merseyside Police I would like to congratulate both Detective
Inspector Sabi Kaur and PCSO Sharon Broderick, who have both been awarded MBEs
for their services to policing. It is a real pleasure to see professional and
passionate Police officers and support staff receive recognition for the hard
work and commitment they show on a daily basis. All of Merseyside should be
proud of the achievements of Sabi and Sharon and I am sure that the people who
they have worked with, and for, over the years would join me in congratulating
them. Sabi, who is currently the only Sikh officer we have within the force, is
an amazing role model and she has been recognised for the work she has carried
out to help her colleagues deal more efficiently and effectively with Honour
Based Abuse. Sabi has thrown herself into the role and works tirelessly to
educate her peers and senior officers, along with colleagues in partner
agencies, about the risks posed to vulnerable victims. Sabi's passion for the
job she does constantly shines through and she is widely respected throughout
the organisation, and nationally, for the work she has done in relation to
honour based abuse and forced marriage and I am delighted that she has been
recognised in this way. I hope that Sabi's commitment, enthusiasm and genuine
will encourage other women from a similar background to join the Police service
and protect those most vulnerable in our communities."
Chief Constable Andy Cooke added:- "I would also like to congratulate PCSO
Sharon Broderick, who was one of the 1st intake of PCSOs back in 2003. Sharon is
a PCSO in Upton and her passion for wanting to help people has shone through
throughout the last 13 years. Sharon joined the Force because she remembered her
'local bobby' who used to know everyone and was there when people were in need,
and she wanted to provide that same community support. During her time as a PCSO
Sharon has been involved in numerous community projects, including a scheme to
bring together 2 local groups of youths, who were constantly battling against
each other. They worked together with both groups on an art project and together
the young people, who were aged between 12 and 19 years, produced some fantastic
pieces of art and realised that there was more to life than fighting with each
Detective Inspector Sabi Kaur, who is 43 years and married with 5 children,
said:- "I am honoured to have received a MBE at the same time it is
extremely humbling. I could not have achieved it without the support from many
colleagues and mentors. Early on in my career I recognised I could assist
Merseyside Police in raising the awareness and assist with investigations and
raising awareness around Forced Marriages and Honour Based Abuse, which are
sensitive issues that need to be addressed to prevent abuse and oppression of
victims. I have delivered presentations to other forces and agencies around the
country, I was also given the opportunity to speak on an international platform
at the International Association of Women Police in 2015. This is something I am
passionate about and I believe everyone has the right to live their life free
from abuse and have the freedom to choose whomever they want to marry. My
husband and children have been the driving Force throughout my career, and there
is no doubt in my mind that the honour I have received also recognises their
support and love."
PCSO Sharon Broderick, who is 50 years and married with an 18 year old son,
said:- "I am absolutely delighted to have received this recognition.
However, the award also reflects the hard work and dedication of all those
people I have worked with over many years, both partner agencies, schools and
the communities of Wirral. I have met and worked with some amazing and inspiring
people over the years. I am really proud to have served within Merseyside Police
and I can honestly say that there has never been a day when I have not enjoyed
being at work. I have always been driven to help people within the community I
have served and I still feel exactly the same today. I am about to leave
Merseyside Police in order to pursue a career in which I can further support
families within the communities of Wirral further."
TITAN Protected Persons unit Manager recognised in the
Queen's New Year Honours
FOLLOWING the announcement that Kim Considine, from
the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (TITAN), has been awarded an OBE in
the Queen's New Year's Honours, Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke,
who is the national lead for the UK Protected Persons Service, said:- "I
have known Kim for 10 years and was privileged to work with her in my capacity
as the national Police lead for Protecting Vulnerable People. I can say hand on
heart that I have always been astounded by Kim's passion for the job she does
and her commitment to protecting vulnerable people and I am delighted that she
has received this honour. Since 2004 Kim has played an integral part in
developing systems to support vulnerable victims and witnesses. Kim always gives
everything she's got to the job and she has always put people first, sometimes
missing important family occasions, but throughout her career she has had the
full support of her family who fully understood her commitment to helping
vulnerable people. I am sure members of the public will also join me in thanking
her for her commitment to serving the public in Manchester (she joined Greater
Manchester Police in 1976) and the North West (Kim has been an invaluable member
of TITAN for the last 3 years)."
Kim Considine, added that:- "I am honoured to have received the OBE in the
Queen's New Year's Honours and I'm still pinching myself, because I just can't
believe it. I am a Greater Manchester Police employee seconded to Titan, the
Northwest Regional Crime Unit and I have had the privilege to have been involved
in an area of high risk policing, supporting our most vulnerable and intimidated
victims and witnesses since 2004. The work done by the team that I managed has
ranged from supporting vulnerable victims and witnesses to career criminals
involved in serious organised crime. Our work has enabled many people to escape
from the constant and insidious oppression of communities by the criminality and
ongoing criminal activity of organised crime groups (OCGs). It has helped them
to restart their lives in a safe environment where they can live a normal life.
The victims and witnesses are the brave ones. They often have provided evidence
against OCG members and this contributes enormously to the disruption and
disintegration of the OCGs making the communities a better and safer place for
everyone to live in. During my involvement in this this area of business I have
had the benefit of working alongside extremely competent and dedicated officers
and staff, both locally and nationally. Colleagues from Regional Protected
Persons Units, and our associated partners such as National Offender Management
Service, have been keen to assist in the development of new and improved
methodology for keeping people safer. This work has been totally supported by
Chief Constable Andy Cooke, of Merseyside Police, who leads nationally for this
exceptionally unusual area of Police business. We have also been supported by
the Home Office, the Central Bureau of the National Crime Agency and dedicated
lawyers of the Crown Prosecution Service. I consider our collective efforts have
made the UK Protected Persons Service more effective and professional for the
ultimate benefit of the vulnerable and intimidated victims and witnesses of our
communities and I am proud to have been a part of that. My hope is that the
business area continues to develop in the direction it has been set, so that it
can provide the best possible service to the people and communities of the UK.I
have during the whole time been supported by my husband and our two children who
have been so patient and understanding of my absences and telephone
interruptions during what otherwise should have been 'home' time."
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