Queen’s Birthday Honours for College staff

A frontline police officer, a disaster management expert and a Board member at the College of Policing have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

​Head of joint operations, retired officer Clive Brooks, and the College's mental health lead, Inspector Michael Brown, are to become Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to policing.

Gloucestershire Police Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, who sits on the College Board of Directors, is to receive the Queen's Police Medal (QPM).

Mr Brooks, who was an officer for 31 years with South Wales, has developed training for thousands of UK and international officers in disaster victim identification (DVI) and large-scale disaster response.

He travelled to Thailand to lead a team of British police and forensic specialists in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, where his experiences of victim recovery, mortuary procedures, identification and repatriation went on to inform the design and delivery of disaster management courses for UK policing. Since then, he has taken on strategic advisory roles and developed debriefing processes for several international disasters and major events, including the Japanese tsunami, the Olympic Games and the MH17 air crash.  Originally from Cynon Valley, he is married with three children and two grandchildren.

Mr Brooks, 55, said:

"I'm surprised and delighted to receive an OBE for my work and it would not have been possible without the help and support of colleagues past and present, not only from the police service but also our partner agencies.  Most importantly, I am continually grateful to all of the police officers and police staff who, in addition to their day job, volunteer to be trained in order to carry out such challenging and important work.

"We work to ensure police can reunite bereaved families with their loved ones as quickly and sensitively as possible, never forgetting that we are dealing with people whose lives will never be the same again.

"While at the College, I've been able to standardise training so that every force is delivering the same programme to agreed national and international standards."

Inspector Brown, who is on secondment to the College from West Midlands Police, has been honoured with an OBE for the positive impact he has made on policing and the lives of people with mental illnesses.

Known as @MentalHealthCop on social media, he publishes a blog on policing, mental health and criminal justice that has been viewed more than a million times around the world and was awarded The President's Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists last year. He is currently leading a review of national guidance, known as Authorised Professional Practice (APP), and training on mental health for police officers. Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and now living with his wife and son in Bromsgrove, he has been a police officer for 18 years.

Inspector Brown, 41, said:

"To receive an OBE is an incredible honour and I'm thrilled to be recognised for the work done over the past 12 years or so on mental health, a topic which has become one of the most important issues in all of policing.  Learning of this caused me to reflect on how much there still remains to be done, how many lessons remain to be learned and how the police service cannot do this alone.

"Progress is when we can show the obvious benefits to those of us who live with mental health problems and when police officers report they find this aspect of their work far less difficult to deal with.

"I'm looking forward to continuing this important work in coming months as the College APP and training programmes are made available to police forces and hope to be of service in supporting local implementation."

Chief executive of the College, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said:

"These accolades are well-deserved and I extend my warmest congratulations. We are privileged to have members of staff like Michael Brown and Clive Brooks, who work tirelessly to help the public and bring their own frontline expertise to the College's work.

"Clive's efforts mean UK policing is at the forefront of effective, efficient and sensitive disaster victim identification. Because of his ongoing work both across the UK and abroad, thousands of families benefit from a police service trained to treat the bereaved with care, dignity and respect. Michael is a leading advocate for improving the police response to those with mental health issues, working with stakeholders across the criminal justice system to ensure officers and partner agencies are well trained to safeguard the vulnerable. Both exemplify the public service values of British policing.

"We are also delighted to see Chief Constable Davenport's contribution to policing recognised with a QPM."

The Chair of the College Board of Directors, Professor Dame Shirley Pearce, said:

"I am delighted that Michael and Clive have been honoured for their roles in creating and putting in to practice high professional standards in these important areas of policing. Such standards are at the centre of the professional infrastructure the College is developing. Michael's and Clive's achievements are inspiring examples of the positive impact of evidence-based policing, not only on the profession but also on the lives of many members of the public.

"I was very pleased to welcome Suzette to the College's Board earlier in the year. Her expertise, experience and knowledge have added significantly to our considerations. On behalf of the Board, I congratulate her on this honour that reflects her impressive career and exemplary public service."

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