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Stourport-born police inspector given Queen's Police Medal
A POLICE inspector who was born in Stourport has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in Her Majesty’s New Year’s honours list.
Inspector Phil Shakesheff, of West Mercia Police, lived in the Wyre Forest town until moving to Worcester as a child, he now lives in Shropshire.
He joined the force in 1980 at the age of 18 and is due to retire this year.
Insp Shakesheff said: “I am delighted to be honoured with this prestigious award and would like to thank all those people who nominated me.
“The issue of missing people and in particular missing children has never been more in the public eye than it is now.
“I have very much enjoyed working in this critical area of business and am pleased I have been able to make a difference in keeping vulnerable missing people safe.”
The inspector’s award citation read: “The officer’s work has transformed both the national landscape around missing persons and locally within West Mercia.
“His work has directly led to national policy and improved practice supporting better safeguards for young runaways, the management of high risk missing persons and children in care.
“He was the only police officer to give evidence before the Prime Minister’s missing task force and at the all-party Parliamentary group enquiry in supporting families of missing persons.
“His evidence directly led to several changes within national policy in respect to runaways and missing children. He has persistently pursued the best interests of missing persons and their families.”
Force chief constable, David Shaw, described Insp Shakesheff as “a truly outstanding officer”.
“I am absolutely delighted Phil has received this national honour,” he added. “As a force, we are very proud of his achievements and this honour is richly deserved.”
Insp Shakesheff’s father, Roy Shakesheff, was an officer for Kidderminster Police in the 1960s.