Officer awarded on New Year's Honours list

06 Jan 2015 12:28 PM

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A Northumbria Police officer has been recognised for his services to the community on the New Year's Honours List.

Richie Miles, a retired neighbourhood sergeant who is now working with the force as a community engagement officer for South Tyneside, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

The 54-year-old retired after 30-years as a police officer, 14 of which were spent with the Met Police. His final role saw him patrol the Whiteleas and Biddick Hall estates as a neighbourhood sergeant.

But just a week after his retirement, Richie returned to the force in his new role working with vulnerable and hard to reach groups in the borough, engaging with them to provide a link to policing services.

He said: "It's an absolute honour to receive the award and to be recognised in this way.

"It came as a complete shock and surprise but I'm absolutely delighted.

"It follows years of working alongside and helping many people in my different roles who it's been a privilege to have met. I hope to meet many more in the years to come."

Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, South Tyneside Area Commander, added: "This is a thoroughly well deserved honour for Richie.

"I'm delighted he has received this prestigious award for his professionalism and dedicated service to local communities across South Tyneside."

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