Four members of staff at Lancashire Constabulary have been awarded for their services to the police in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
DC Denise Kershaw and Special Constable Trevor Spence were awarded MBEs and volunteer Ian Angus and PCSO Alan Gregory were awarded BEMs.
All four were recognised for their hard work and dedication to the police service.
Denise said: “It was a complete surprise to receive the award. I am extremely humble and thrilled. It’s testament to the people I work with and the support I’m given to carry out my role. My family are absolutely ecstatic about the award - it’s such a wonderful thing that I have to keep pinching myself. I’m just very grateful to the people to have put me forward.”
PCSO Gregory, 61, joined the Constabulary in 2003 where he worked in the Ba Vale area.
He then joined the Lancaster and Skerton neighbourhood police team where he has mentored and guided young people in the area providing them with an alternative path. Through community links he has been instrumental in identifying and dealing with burglars and drug dealers.
Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “I’m delighted for Denise, Trevor, Ian and Alan.
“They are a real credit to Lancashire Constabulary and their contributions to the police service are second to none.
“It really is a unique way to be recognised for the hard work and the dedication they have shown.
“I am immensely proud of their achievements and they should be proud of themselves.
“Their dedication to the force over the years is truly commendable.
“On behalf of the Constabulary, I would like to warmly congratulate them for this well deserved honour.”
Former county council leader Geoff Driver has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List.
Coun Driver wins a CBE for his services to local government after half a century as both an officer and an elected member.
The former Preston borough councillor is one of a host of Lancashire recipients in the honours list, with cyclist Peter Ward, the man behind the Guild Wheel, getting an MBE.
Two members of staff at the University of Central Lancashire – safety, health and environment manager Christine Edwards and journalism lecturer Matt Horn – are also rewarded with MBEs.
Company boss Mike Peters, whose pharmaceuticals firm UPL based near Kirkham has been one of the county’s industrial success stories, gets an MBE too – on the day his son Paul gets married.
A school governor, a prison officer, the president of a local cricket club and a member of Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Service are also honoured.
Lifelong cyclist Peter Ward gets his MBE a year after his dream, the 21-mile Guild Wheel, came true. The “green way” around Preston is now used by thousands of cyclists and walkers every week.
Matt trained as a journalist at UCLan and was working as a sportswriter with the Lancashire Telegraph covering the fortunes of Burnley FC when he followed his wife out to China and took a job in Guandong.