WEST Mercia’s Chief Constable has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.
David Shaw, who began his career back in 1979 with West Midlands Police, will receive the medal awarded to officers in the UK for gallantry or distinguished service.
He has held many roles and ranks throughout his illustrious career, including uniformed posts, CID, Air Operations Planning and Senior Operational Command.
In 2005 Mr Shaw was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and then in 2008 moved forces to become Deputy Chief Constable of West Mercia Police. And since 2011 he has been the force’s Chief Constable.
He will receive his medal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace last this year where he will collect the award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Following the announcement he would receive the award, David Shaw said: “I have to admit to being genuinely bowled over when I heard I would be receiving this award.
“It is a tremendous honour to receive such recognition and quite humbling. I will treasure the award and what it stands for.
“Policing is fundamentally about teamwork and I have been privileged to have worked with some quite fantastic people serving communities in West Midlands and West Mercia police areas.
“I have also found my national work hugely fulfilling and this has given me the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues from other forces, partner organisations and the Home Office.
“It is also a privilege to be a police officer and to serve the public and I have been fortunate enough to do so for 36 years.
“Without the support of so many people, my friends and family and many others, I could not have achieved the things I have during my career and I hope that you all feel this award is yours too.
“To each and every one of you I simply say, thank you.”