Brent volunteer for Queen’s New Year’s Honour


Local volunteer on Brent’s Independent Advisory Group receives MBE

Roy Croasdaile, currently a volunteer working in Brent borough becomes a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Mr Croasdaile has been awarded an award in recognition of services to policing – in particular combating gang crime in London.

Roy is Vice Chairman of Brent borough’s Independent Advisory Group. He is also Chair of Brent’s Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel and sits on the panel for the Trident Independent Advisory Group and is the representative for disadvantaged youth from within the black community.

He is instrumental in the advice and guidance provided to the police, local authority and several non-governmental organisations in the creation and delivery of recent local gang ‘call-Ins’.

He is a member of his local Ward Panel and represents the local community in setting local priorities for his Safer Neighbourhoods Team. He is also a member of the Safer Neighbourhood Board.

As a consequence of his tireless energy, knowledge and experience the relationship between the police, other statutory agencies, non-governmental bodies and the public has undoubtedly improved.

Brent volunteer for Queen's New Year's Honour

Former Police Constable Michael Smith who retired in June 2015 – also becomes an MBE for his efforts to reduce knife and gun crime.

Michael is the founder of the charitable organisation Word 4 Weapons. Provoked by the increase in knife and gun crime, he set up an initiative to counteract this problem in 2007. With 17,621 gun and knife crimes reported in London during that year – he wanted to reduce the number of offensive weapons on our streets, encourage young people away from knife, gun and gang crime and promote the principle that makes the carrying of a weapon socially unacceptable.

He has worked tirelessly, juggling his duties as a serving police officer and sacrificing his personal time, to establish partnerships between communities, faith groups, prisons, schools and local authorities and police.

He continues to campaign to reduce knife and gun crime and raising funds to support the charity’s work.

The following officers have received the Queen’s Policing Medal for services to policing:

Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, SCO17 Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation & Child Abuse Command

Detective Superintendent Neil Hibberd, SO15 Counter Terrorism Command

Former Chief Superintendent Claire Johnston

Police Sergeant Sarah King, Specialist Crime and Operations

Police Constable Martin Smith-Wightman, Specialist Crime and Operations

Police Constable Darren Tuthill, Specialist Crime and Operations

The Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) is awarded to:

Former Police Sergeant Andrew Thomas

Former Police Constable Gary Copeland

Former Police Constable James Williams, Royalty and Specialist Protection


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