Officers and staff from South Wales Police have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
Retiring Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis and Police Constable Bharat Narbad have been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM), with Detective Constable Graham Budd receiving an MBE and Debbie Farrar, a Protecting Vulnerable People investigator, a BEM.
Richard Lewis, who marked his last day in the job after 32 years in November, said: “I was totally taken aback when the letter arrived. I am absolutely delighted and feel incredibly lucky to have received it at the end of my career.
“But this is for all the people I have worked with over the years and throughout my policing career. It’s a great honour for me and my family – and I know my father, in particular, will be chuffed.”
PC Baz Narbad, from our BAME recruitment team and the chair of the South Wales Police Black Police Association, said: “It came totally out of the blue – the letter was a massive surprise but I was very proud as well. I love the work I am able to do in the community and for our staff association. I don’t do it for recognition but I am really honoured, and I just hope I can continue to do what I can to make South Wales Police more representative of our communities.”
DC Graham Budd, who has been honoured for services to community policing in Cardiff, said: “I feel this is not so much a recognition of myself as of everyone I’ve worked with.”
Graham, who was stabbed during a drugs raid in 2017, added: “What happened to me could have happened to anyone. We are a team, and this recognition is as much theirs as it is mine.”
Debbie Farrar, an investigator in our Protecting Vulnerable People unit who has been recognised for services to policing, said: “For me, this is recognition of what we do as a team – it’s for everyone involved with vulnerable people, but also including those vulnerable people themselves, whose bravery and courage is inspirational.
“I am only a small part of the bigger team, and this is a reflection of a wider collaborative effort.”
Responding to the New Year Honours announcement, Chief Constable Matt Jukes said: “It’s a huge source of pride to see four of my colleagues from South Wales Police recognised in this year’s New Year Honours list. They have each given long and dedicated service to our communities but more than that, they have each shown tremendous leadership in keeping our communities safe and ensuring our organisation has continued to develop to face today’s challenges.”
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