Officer awarded on New Year's Honours list
06 Jan 2015 12:28 PM[View Full Size]
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."