Roderick David Stewart, CBE. Singer/Songwriter. For services to Music and
ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER
John Patrick Lionel Petre Lord Petre. Lord-Lieutenant of Essex.
ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF HONOUR
David Armond, QPM. T/Deputy director general, National Crime Agency. For
services to Law Enforcement particularly to International Policing.
Alistair Cook for services to cricket.
George Courtauld, DL. For services to the community in Essex. (Earls Colne)
Mrs Deborah Rogan. Executive Headteacher, The Wickford Church of England
and chief executive Officer, HEARTS Multi-Academy Trust, Essex. For services
Ms Rachel Paula Anderson. For services to Gender Equality in Football. (Leigh
Mrs Hayley Jane Deborah Lovett. For services to Young People in Harwich
Teen Talk. (Harwich)
Michael Bernard Son. Committee Member, The London Taxi Drivers Fund for
Underprivileged Children, London. For charitable services to Children.
And a long-serving Southend officer has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Insp Bill Potter was given the award for his distinguished service to the public.
Insp Potter became a police officer in 1986 and joined Essex Police in 1998. He is currently a neighbourhood Inspector in Southend.
He said: “I am genuinely astonished that I have been rewarded for doing something that I have loved, enjoyed and been paid to do for 30 years but equally I am humbled and privileged to have been recognised in this way. This really is the most astonishing thing to have happened to me in my entire Police service and I am truly honoured.
“I have had the privilege of coordinating some high profile incidents and events in my career, but I have to say that in my role as Town Policing Sergeant and subsequently Southend District Community Inspector, I have had some of my most challenging yet worthwhile times. I have met some really dedicated people within the community and I have had the pleasure of working with some really professional and conscientious colleagues; not just within the Police Service, but also with external partners and members of the voluntary sector.”
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “On behalf of his colleagues and the whole county, I want to give my wholehearted congratulations to Bill on this magnificent and prestigious achievement. He is the epitome of caring and conscientious policing and not for nothing is he known as Mr Southend.
Bill’s career has been a model of public service and Her Majesty’s award recognises his service, the confidence the public have in him, and the professional standard and personal inspiration Bill sets for his team.”
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Hard working and dedicated officers, committed to serving their communities and resolving local problems, perform a crucial role for our police force. I am delighted that Bill Potter’s work on behalf of the people of Southend has received such exceptional recognition.”
Chief Superintendent Luke Collison said: “Bill cares immeasurably about the quality of policing in Southend and is a very familiar face in the local community. He has a true passion for managing and coordinating effective partnership approaches to tackling some of the most demanding challenges in the local area. The QPM recognises the outstanding contribution that he makes every single day which also makes me feel incredibly proud as his LPA Commander.”
Rob Tinlin, Chief Executive of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, says: “We greatly value Bill’s commitment to the local community and to his excellent partnership working. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.”
Cllr John Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “Bill is a well-known and well respected officer who has provided excellent service to the local community over a number of years, and worked with many of us on a number of partnership projects and issues over this time. Well done Bill, this is very well deserved.”
The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) is awarded to police officers in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations, for gallantry or distinguished service.
1986:Bill Potter joined Thames Valley Police as a response and patrol officer in Reading, where he worked for four years. He then moved to the tactical firearms team where he spent a further seven years.
1998: He transferred to Essex Police, where he initially worked in Rochford.
2001: Bill was promoted to Sergeant and worked in the community in Shoebury and then as a custody sergeant.
2008: Bill became the Town Centre Sergeant for Southend and played a major role in re-energising the Town Centre Management team. His actions lead to a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour. He also helped to develop a new approach to dealing with youth offenders, using a partnership triage system to help divert them away from crime.
2012: He was promoted to the role of Southend Neighbourhood Inspector. He has continued to be highly visible in the community and works to engage minority communities across the borough. He won the Essex Police Officer of the Year Award in this year, after he was nominated by his colleagues and partners.
He is Chairman of the Anti-social Behaviour Operations Group, working with partners to deliver a number of community initiatives. He has also been a Police Search Advisor and Security Coordinator.