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Warwickshire Police Detective Sergeant to receive Queen's Police Medal

Warwickshire Police Detective Sergeant Kathryn Somerville has been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List for her Distinguished Services to Policing.

Kathryn will attend a special ceremony in London when the Queen will present her with the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in the coming months.

During the past four years, Kathryn has worked tirelessly and with great resolve and passion to improve outcomes for children and young people, while developing the response to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

Warwickshire Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM said, "I could not be happier or more proud for Kathryn; her excellent work has been rightly recognised at the highest national level. She is an inspiration to others and is an excellent ambassador for Warwickshire Police, our West Mercia partners and the police service as a whole.

"Kathryn's work to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities is outstanding. The dedication she has displayed to help protect and improve our service to young victims of such horrendous crimes is highly commendable".  

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said, "I am absolutely delighted at the decision to award the Queen's Police Medal to Detective Sergeant Kathryn Somerville.

"On behalf of all communities across Warwickshire I am pleased to offer my congratulations to Kathryn on this prestigious accolade. It is a great recognition of the high calibre of people we have at all levels of policing who are working hard to make Warwickshire a safer and more secure place."

Kathryn said of the award: "I am overwhelmed to be awarded this honour. I would like to take this opportunity to mention three groups of people.

"Firstly, the young people who are victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Their strength and courage inspire and motivate me to continue to work to improve our services.

"Thank you to my family and friends for their never ending encouragement, support and patience. None of this would have been possible without them. I would also like to recognise the work of my colleagues from a wide range of organisations and agencies who I admire for their tireless work, commitment, kindness and compassion.

"I feel fortunate to work for Warwickshire Police, a force that values multi-agency partnership working. Nothing is achieved individually, it has all been teamwork."

 

Notes to editors: Kathryn will be available for interview from Monday 19 June. Please contact the News Hub on 01789 444737 or on NewsHub@warwickshireandwestmercia.pnn.police.uk

Published 16/06/17