Officers and staff receive New Year's Honours

29 December 2012

New Scotland Yard

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been recognised in the 2013 New Year's Honours list with a knighthood for bringing new energy and action on gangs, guns and knife crime in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and his focus on sustaining front line visibility. He is also recognised for overseeing policing during the Diamond Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commissioner Hogan-Howe said: "I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire, Merseyside and Her Majesty's Inspectorate. I couldn't have achieved this without the love and support of my wife Marion, and my mum, who hasn't seen the day."

"I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues."

Five other members of the MPS and one retired officer were also honoured for their outstanding contribution to policing.

PC James Engelbach, 58 years-old, receives the Queen's Policing Medal for Distinguished Service.

PC Engelbach has an impressive 39 years service. He spent the first two and a half years of his career in Norfolk before joining the Met. PC Engelbach, who works on a response team in Ealing borough, has spent the majority of his career working a 24-hour shift and dealing with the emergency calls from the public at the very front line of policing.

He has policed the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and he recalls his most memorable moment during his service was when he rescued a man from a burning building in the early 1990's. He attended the scene after receiving reports of a building ablaze in Paddington. The occupier had returned from a night out, started cooking some food and fell asleep, resulting in the food catching fire and the building going up in flames. PC Engelbach crawled into the burning building and dragged the man out, ultimately saving his life.

PC Engelbach said: "I'm stunned to be awarded this great honour. I've have experienced a lot in the job and had plenty of fun on the way, and I'm not quite finished yet!"

Robert (Bob) Crawley, 58 years-old, Head of Health and Wellbeing has been awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his development and advancement of occupational health services available to MPS officers and staff.

Bob has worked in the MPS for over 40 years and in the Occupational Health Unit for over 12 years. In that time his team has developed a variety of initiatives and won a number of awards for helping individuals identify and manage stress. He has also been active in improving attendance management in the MPS reducing absence levels by 30 percent and encouraging healthier lifestyles through health promotion initiatives covering fitness regimes. He has also been instrumental in providing advice and guidance on specific issues such as gender specific cancers.

Bob Crawley said: "I am very pleased to have the work and contribution of the Occupational Health Unit recognised outside of the Met."

Chief Inspector Vincent Hoar, who has 31 years service, has been appointed a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

Chief Insp Hoar has been recognised for his contribution to policing and his work as head of the Special Escort Group, who provides escorts for senior members of the Royal Family and visiting Heads of State; recent major events include the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Chief Insp Hoar said: "It has been a great privilege to lead the Special Escort Group and this appointment pays tribute to the team's professionalism. I am deeply honoured."

Detective Chief Superintendent James Busby has been awarded the Queen's Policing Medal for Distinguished Service for services to Counter Terrorism Policing including the planning for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Det Chief Supt Busby was the lead counter terrorist planner for the Olympic Games and was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations during The Games themselves.

Det Chief Supt Busby said: "I am really proud of our very small team who, behind the scenes, did so much for so long to make the Games safe. This is a tribute to their dedication to duty and professionalism."

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Moles from the Counter Terrorism Command has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to UK Consular Interests.

Inspector Richard Lett, now retired, is appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).


Inspector Lett joined Royalty Protection in January 1999. He retired from the Metropolitan Police in November 2012, after completing 30 years of outstanding service, in particular with the Royalty Protection Department.

Inspector Lett said: "I am immensely proud of all my service with the Metropolitan Police. The opportunity to contribute to so many major events, the protection of the Royal Family and the diversity of the capital city has made policing in London a wonderful experience."


Detective Superintendent Pamela Mace is awarded the Queen's Policing Medal for Distinguished Service.

Det Supt Mace has worked for the MPS for 30 years and is currently based in the Counter Terrorism Command.

Det Supt said: "I am extremely honoured to be awarded a QPM. Awards like this are never achieved alone and I must thank my family and colleagues who have supported me over the past 30 years in the Met Police."