Senior police officer from Dunchurch awarded MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours

Katherine Hancock has served in the Special Constabulary for 27 years, before becoming the Specials Chief Officer in 2019

Katherine Hancock

The Chief Officer of Warwickshire Police Special Constabulary has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Katherine Hancock, of Dunchurch, has served in the Special Constabulary for 27 years, before becoming the Specials Chief Officer in 2019.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: "Katherine is a key member of the force’s Local Policing command team and has worked on everything from serious investigations to incident response to problem solving within local neighbourhoods.

"Katherine is always proactive in ensuring the Special Constabulary play a key part in daily policing within Warwickshire.

"She has been pivotal in co-ordinating Specials policing of the night time economy and work with the force’s roads policing teams, including carrying out activity to support national campaigns in relation to speed enforcement and seat belt campaigns.

"While in her front line voluntary policing role some highlights from Katherine’s career include coordinating support for The Ryder Cup, Warwickshire’s ‘Global Gathering’ festival, the Queen’s visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Olympic Torch relay. Katherine has received two Chief Constable Commendations for this work.

"The pinnacle of Katherine’s career to date was spearheading a campaign to raise £6,000 to secure a memorial stone for Special Constables at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

"In addition to her voluntary time with Warwickshire Police where in 2020 alone she has worked over 1000 hours, Katherine is also an adult leader with Girlguiding UK."

Warwickshire Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: “I am delighted that Katharine’s enormous contribution as a volunteer to policing in Warwickshire has been recognised with this award. Katharine has been a Special Constable for 27 years and her long term commitment to this and her work with Girlguiding UK shows she is truly deserving of this honour.

“The Special Constabulary is an essential part of modern policing and the work which Katherine and her specials colleagues do is invaluable.”

On being notified of the award, Specials Chief Officer Katherine Hancock, said: “I am shocked, surprised and extremely happy to be awarded an MBE. I am very proud to have been a part of the Warwickshire Police family for the past 27 years and continue to love every opportunity this brings to help others.

“I am extremely privileged to lead the 91 Specials we have, who in 2020 have dedicated tens of thousands of hours of their time to help protect people in our county.

“When I joined the Specials in 1993 I wanted to give something back to my community, I look forward to continuing to do this in both my Specials role and within Girlguiding for many years to come.”

Also on the New Year Honours list was Professor Graeme Betts, of Rugby, who is the director of adult social care at Birmingham City Council.

He was awarded an CBE for services to adult social care.

Professor Betts was previously the director of adult social care for Warwickshire County Council between 2006 – 2010.

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “If someone deserves this recognition it is Graeme, he has transformed the way care and support is given to our most vulnerable and elderly in Birmingham.

"His passion for transforming the service to ensure we provide the best quality care, in a way people want, is second to none.

"His leadership at the start of Covid ensured that people in the city were looked after, fed and cared for during an unprecedented time.

"I am very proud to work alongside him, and I am very happy that all his hard work has been acknowledged in this way.”