A long-serving officer in Lancaster’s Public Protection Unit received an MBE in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
DC Denise Kershaw MBE was recognised for her outstanding contribution to protecting vulnerable victims of crime in a career with the constabulary that has now spanned over twenty eight years as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.
Having initially joined the Police as a patrol officer, serving in East Lancashire, Denise became a Community Beat Manager in Lancaster, before joining the Public Protection Unit, initially as a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, where she was responsible for the development and tutoring of police and social care workers. Denise also works as a Family Liaison Officer and is currently a specialist child abuse investigator working with abused children and dealing with perpetrators, and has already had her efforts recognised locally as she has received five commendations in the last 10 years.
Before receiving her award she said: “I feel extremely humbled and thrilled to be receiving an MBE. It means such a lot to me and my family, and I am very grateful to the people who felt strongly enough to put me forward for this honour.
Denise’s supervising officer, DI Andrew Bunn of Lancaster Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Denise is an incredible person.
“We are so proud for Denise, as she fully deserves this honour in recognition of her outstanding work.”