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31 December 2018
Five GMP officers and staff have been recognised for their commitment and dedication following the Manchester Arena attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Teresa Lam, Special Sergeant Jared Simpson, Robert Gallagher, Constable Michael Buckley and Chief Inspector Dale Sexton have all received honours in the New Year’s Honours.
Det Ch Insp Teresa Lam and Special Sgt Jared Simpson both receive the British Empire Medal for services to policing. Ch Insp Dale Sexton and Constable Michael Buckley receive the Queen’s Police Medal.
Robert Gallagher receives an MBE for services to policing for his work in managing the forensic response to the attack including the disaster victim identification.
Stu Berry, Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "It is great to see so many colleagues from GMP recognised by the Queen in the New Year's Honours. We are proud of them all.
"22 May 2017 is a day we will never forget and our thoughts remain with all the victims and their families.
"The response from all colleagues across GMP in a number of roles that day/night was tremendous in the most harrowing of circumstances - and to see some of our colleagues be honoured in this manner is only right and proper."
Det Ch Insp Lam said: “Receiving this recognition is a significant moment in my personal and professional life. It’s a huge privilege, and one for which I am truly honoured. However, I will never forget those who have suffered and to whom I remain dedicated to continue to support. I am immensely proud of my Family Liaison team who also worked tirelessly to provide support to those affected.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “The response to the attack on May 22, 2017 was truly outstanding and I am immensely proud of everything that the officers and staff of Greater Manchester Police did on that day and the days that followed.
“The honours for Teresa, Jared, Robert, Michael and Dale recognise the commitment, dedication and professionalism they showed in such horrific circumstances. They represent all of their colleagues in receiving these honours as well as their own exceptional work.”
Although now retired from the Force, former Inspector Terry Finn also received a Queen's Police Medal (QPM) for his services to policing. After 30 years' service, Terry now volunteers with guide dogs.