The work of two of Nottinghamshire’s most senior female officers has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) and Inspector Gurmit Kaur will receive an MBE for her services to policing.
DCC Fish, who began her career as a constable in Nottingham in 1986 will take over as the force’s Chief Constable in June following the retirement of Chris Eyre.
She said she was delighted to have been nominated for the QPM, which is awarded for distinguished service.
“I am extremely proud to be receiving this honour on behalf of the whole force. We have a very strong ‘One Team’ ethos and I hope the award not only reflects my own personal commitment to helping the public of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire but also on the positive work that we have done as a force with our many partners, including the ground-breaking Aurora Project, which has enhanced the service we deliver in conjunction with the City Council’s Community Protection Directorate to ensure public safety in the great city of Nottingham. I’d also like to pay tribute to the support of colleagues and partners in my national portfolios of business crime, private industry security liaison and information sharing.”
Gurmit Kaur became Nottinghamshire’s first Asian female police inspector in 2003, having previously worked with youth and community groups to deliver programmes including Drugs Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).
Since she became an inspector she has been extremely influential in developing excellent police and community relations across the city of Nottingham and is a great role model to colleagues and partners.
She spent six years as Neighbourhood Policing Inspector in New Basford, Hyson Green and Forest Fields before taking up her current post as Community Cohesion Inspector.
The role requires her to build links with new and emerging communities in the city as well as to oversee much of the work aimed at reducing gang and youth violence in the city.
In addition to her role in force, Insp Kaur has been recognised nationally by the Black Police Association as a mentor.
Inspector Kaur said: It was a wonderful surprise to learn that I had been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday’s Honours List and I certainly did not expect it, so I would like to thank whoever put me forward for it. Policing to me has always been about meeting the needs of the community and listening to the many vibrant and diverse groups that live here in Nottingham. I’m delighted I have had the opportunity to do the work that I do, particularly in improving trust and confidence in communities, which is one of the force’s priorities.
DCC Fish said: “I could not be happier for Gurmit. This hugely deserved honour reflects her fabulous service to Nottingham and its communities. She has been inspirational throughout her career, whether it has been working with young people or as a very effective neighbourhood policing inspector in the city, and now in her current post as Community Cohesion Inspector, helping us to forge strong and positive links with Nottingham’s diverse community groups.”
People from Nottinghamshire receiving the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire:
Professor John Nicholas Ludden, Nottinghamshire, Executive director British Geological Survey: For services to Geoscience.
David Charles Pearson. Corporate director Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection, Nottinghamshire County Council. For services to Adult Social Care. (West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire)
Professor Mary Carswell. Formerly pro-vice-chancellor, Student Learning Experience, Birmingham City University. For services to Higher Education. (Thrumpton, Nottinghamshire)
Professor Christine Thelma Ennew. Chief executive officer, University of Nottingham in Malaysia. For services to Higher Education and British-Malaysian Relations. (Nottinghamshire)
Professor John Nicholas Ludden, Nottinghamshire, Executive director British Geological Survey: For services to Geoscience