Senior officer recognised for distinguished service by Queen

Essex County Standard: Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson

A LONG serving policeman has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the birthday honours list.

Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson, of Essex Police, was given the prestigious honour for his years of distinguished service.

He joined the force in 2006 moving to Essex from the Met.

He said: "It’s an honour to receive this award.

"I have been lucky enough to work with so many fantastic colleagues both here in Essex and in the Met.

"It has been a privilege to work for two such great forces.

"To receive the QPM for doing the job I love is just the icing on the cake.”

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh added: "He truly is dedicated to serving the people of Essex and it’s great to see his hard work recognised.

"He spends a great deal of his spare time raising funds for charities close to our officers hearts, recently completing the New York Marathon for one of his causes.

"I am sure his family are equally delighted”

The Queen's Police Medal is awarded for gallantry or distinguished service.

Mr Benson has been a police officer for 29 years.

During his time with Essex Police Mr Benson has been in charge of departments including major crime, operations and counter terrorism.

He is also the strategic lead for the force on collaboration with Kent Police and with the eastern region forces

Married to Lynne he has three children, aged 22, 21 and 17.

In his spare time he enjoys walking his dog, playing five-a-side football and running.

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10:30am Mon 16 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

So he did his job and so gets an award; does everyone get an award for just doing their job?
So he did his job and so gets an award; does everyone get an award for just doing their job? Jack222
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10:53am Mon 16 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Tend to agree with Jack. What did he do that was so outstanding? Thousands of people run marathons and voluntarily work tirelessly for charitable causes whilst continuing with their normal jobs, without any mention. It seems certain groups get special treatment but all it does is take away the true meaning of the award. It should not be given just because someone has spent 29 years working and being paid for just doing a job. It should be for bravery and for those who have really done something outstanding.

But there you go, it's not what you have done that counts but more who you know or who you can influence! Same goes for most awards, including Knighthoods.
Tend to agree with Jack. What did he do that was so outstanding? Thousands of people run marathons and voluntarily work tirelessly for charitable causes whilst continuing with their normal jobs, without any mention. It seems certain groups get special treatment but all it does is take away the true meaning of the award. It should not be given just because someone has spent 29 years working and being paid for just doing a job. It should be for bravery and for those who have really done something outstanding. But there you go, it's not what you have done that counts but more who you know or who you can influence! Same goes for most awards, including Knighthoods. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 6

8:21pm Mon 16 Jun 14

blockpaver says...

Let the chap enjoy his moment. In the Public Sector all a Boss gets for a life-time’s good work is a “Gong”; in the Private Sector the bosses get good pay rises, and stiff bonuses every year. I know which I’d rather have and it wouldn’t involve visiting the “Palace” to pick it up.
Let the chap enjoy his moment. In the Public Sector all a Boss gets for a life-time’s good work is a “Gong”; in the Private Sector the bosses get good pay rises, and stiff bonuses every year. I know which I’d rather have and it wouldn’t involve visiting the “Palace” to pick it up. blockpaver
  • Score: 2

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