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New Year Honours gong for former Police Officer

31 Dec New Year Honours gong for former Police Officer

A former Essex Police officer has been recognised with a QPM (Queen’s Police Medal) in the New Year Honours list for 2017.

Tim Slade, a former officer for Essex Police who recently retired as a Sergeant from the City of London Police, has been recognised for his exemplary service as a police officer, particularly his dedication to training police dogs at Dog Sections in the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police Service and Essex Police.

Along with 20 other police officers from all ranks, Tim will receive his medal at a dedicated ceremony in April.

After serving for over 30 years as a police officer, Tim hung up his boots in June and now runs boarding kennels in Chelmsford.

He began his policing career in 1985 with Essex Police as a cadet and was soon posted to Harlow where he patrolled his beat until 1992 when he moved onto the Dog Section and began as a dog handler with Police Dog Ben, a general purpose German Shepherd.

He served with the Essex Police Dog Section for 12 years and was instrumental in the training of many operational police dogs before moving onto the City of London Police as a Training Sergeant in 2004.

Tim was seconded to the Metropolitan Police Service in 2006 for one year to offer his training expertise to its Dog Section and he retired from the City of London Police earlier this year with Police Dog Jasper, an Explosive Search Springer Spaniel.

Tim said: “I’m honoured to have been nominated for a Queen’s Police Medal and so proud to have received it.”

Commissioner of the City of London Police, Ian Dyson QPM, said: “I am delighted Tim has received this award and on behalf of his former colleagues at City of London Police, I’d like to offer him our sincerest congratulations.

“During his long career Tim did much to raise the profile of Police dog units and we, especially, are indebted to him for his dedication and enthusiasm for training and developing new skills for both the dogs and their handlers.”