A senior Northamptonshire Police Officer has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal following an exemplary 30-year career.
Chief Superintendent Dennis Murray has been awarded the accolade in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Dennis joined Northamptonshire Police in 1991, originally joining as part of the Special Constabulary before signing up as a full-time officer the following year.
Subsequently, he spent time in CID as well as local policing, where he became a passionate advocate for working in partnership with our diverse communities in a bid to break down barriers.
In 2014, Dennis became Chair of the Northamptonshire Black Police Association where he continued to support officers from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, providing guidance and inspiration about how far they can progress in policing.
In November 2020 he moved to British Transport Police on a three-year secondment, where he is lead for trust, legitimacy and community policing.
Chief Supt Murray said: “I am honoured and humbled to have been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. Over three decades I have had the pleasure of working in a career where you get back just as much as you put in.
“A passion of mine has been working with the community in solving community and policing problems together.
“I am extremely grateful to have been nominated and for the unfaltering support of my family and friends over the years. Without this support, I couldn’t deliver the work I do.
“This honour reflects the hard work of my colleagues, the community and all of those that have been key in building strong partnerships as part of my work.”
Chief Constable Nick Adderley said: “As an ethnic minority leader in policing, Dennis has always been motivated to achieve and to set an example that Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people could achieve anything others could.
“He has worked tirelessly to support those from BAME communities interested in joining Northamptonshire Police but further to this has built trust in police Stop and Search and Use of Force.
“His work has been crucial to increasing public trust and transparency within the community.
“As Chief Constable I am delighted for Dennis and extremely proud of his contribution and achievements across Northamptonshire Police and the wider community.”