Seven BTP colleagues honoured by The Queen in New Year celebrations
Seven British Transport Police (BTP) officers and staff are to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as part of the New Year’s Honours.
The seven colleagues, who collectively contributed more than 100 years to policing, have been honoured for distinguished service, outstanding influence on policing or for acts of extreme bravery. They are:
William Bryden, who is based in London, is awarded an OBE.
Richard Gill, who is based in London, is awarded a MBE.
Alan Smith, who was based in Kent, is awarded a BEM.
PCSO Lewis Brown, who is based in Manchester, is awarded a BEM.
PCSO Jon Morrey, who is based in Manchester, is awarded a BEM.
PC Mark Renshaw, who is based in Manchester, is awarded a BEM.
PC Jessica Bullough, who is based in Manchester, is awarded a QPM.
PC Jess Bullough, PC Mark Renshaw*, PCSO Jon Morrey and PCSO Lewis Brown, were each on duty at Manchester Victoria station on 22 May last year when the blast at the Arena happened. On hearing screams, all four ran towards danger and to scenes of devastation, they were the first emergency service personnel on scene. Throughout the tragedy, the team of four worked heroically in getting the injured to safety and calling for backup. They’ve each been recognised for exemplary levels of bravery.
William Bryden has worked in policing for more than 40 years and with BTP since 2004 in a variety of roles, but has specialised in forensic recovery, in particular disaster victim identification. William has worked on a number of high profile incidents during his years of service, including the Potters Bar train crash, Boxing Day Tsunami, Hillsborough disaster, the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Manchester Arena and the Grenfell Tower fire. He is recognised for the passion, dedication and professional he has shown during his years of service.
Richard (Dick) Gill is another BTP veteran, having worked for the Force for 42 years as a police officer and more recently as a member of police staff. Throughout his career he has been a pioneer for racial diversity, challenging prejudice in the policing sector and cultivating inclusivity in all areas. Richard has also worked hard on tackling crime head on and was commended in 1992 for his work in cutting robberies on the London Underground.
As a special police sergeant, Alan Smith volunteered his time to support and protect passengers and railway staff on the south east London and Kent rail network. Alan has contributed more than 3,100 during his years of service. He is a tenacious crime fighter and is dedicated to keeping people safe and reassuring the travelling public. Alan is highly respected amongst his colleagues and is always willing to volunteer his spare time, a true role model for BTP’s special constabulary.
Chief Constable Paul Crowther, said: “What a truly outstanding achievement to see seven members of British Transport Police recognised by Her Majesty as part of her New Year’s Honours. Each colleague has showcased the very best in British policing, serving their communities to the very highest standard. They should each be very proud.