Officer receives award for hate crime work

15 November 2012

DCI Shabnam Chaudhri with her award

A detective at the Metropolitan Police Service has received a national award for her tireless work around forced marriages, hate crime and improving diversity within the organisation.

Detective Chief Inspector Shabnam Chaudhri, was amongst five officers and staff from the MPS presented with a British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) award on Tuesday 6 November.

"She thoroughly deserves this award for the hard work, tenacity and determination she's shown."

During 23 years at the MPS, DCI Chaudhri has influenced the way forced marriage and hate and race crimes are dealt with. She has also contributed to changes in the National Forced Marriage Policy. Amongst her many successes she helped locate a kidnap victim who had been taken to India for a forced marriage under false pretences.

She has helped improve diversity by encouraging the recruitment and progression of black and minority ethnic officers.

DCI Chaudhri, who is based on Hackney borough, said: "It's fantastic to get this Leadership award. It's an unbelievable accolade after 23 years at the Met. I'm particularly proud of being able to help locate and rescue the victim in India and bring her back to the UK. She was told her gran was sick when in fact her family were going to force her into marriage. It's great to make a difference to someone like that."

Superintendent Leroy Logan, who nominated her, added: "It was an extremely easy choice. Shabnam is one of the top ranking Asian female detectives in the country. She thoroughly deserves this award for the hard work, tenacity and determination she's shown at the Met. She has a "can-do" attitude and always does whatever she can to help others. She is such a strong influence and an excellent role model."

Each category is judged separately by an independent panel. Over 100 nominations were received in total. This year for the first time there was a new category, Contribution to International Policing, which was awarded to Chief Superintendent Janice McClean, from the MPS.

The Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary, Lorraine Woolley, who retired after 42 years at the MPS received a Lifetime Achievement Award as did Detective Constable Lorna Wood, also retired. PC Carolyn Chapman was 'Highly Commended' for bravery.