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Cumbria officer awarded with British Empire Medal

Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman, Brian Murphy and Chief Constable Jerry Graham.

[A] Cumbria officer has received a British Empire Medal for Services to Policing.

Special Constable Brian Murphy, aged 61, who lives near Brampton, was honoured in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

SPC Murphy was officially presented with his award earlier this month at Eden Golf Club by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman.

Chief Constable Jerry Graham and Special Constabulary Chief Officer Paul Cretney were both present and gave an address congratulating Brian on his achievement.

Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “It was a privilege to be present as Brian received his British Empire Medal for Services to Policing.

“For over 35 years he has displayed unwavering dedication and professionalism in serving the public. I wish him all the very best and hope that his commitment can act as inspiration to current and future police officers.”

His nomination stated that: “He is highly respected by his peers and his senior officers, for his experience, approachability, commitment to the community, and genuine desire to support colleagues in their development.”

Following a career as a Police Constable for 32 years with Cumbria Constabulary, on retirement, he volunteered to become a Special Constable to continue policing in the rural community for a further five years in North Cumbria.

His service both as a regular officer and as a special constable has been exemplary, being a mentor for younger colleagues, as well as working as part of the Brampton policing team to patrol the rural area, respond to calls for service, and generally provide reassurance to the community.

During his time as a Special Constable, he has received three certificates of appreciation and has been awarded the area shield for the most contribution for his service within north area in the last financial year. This was in part for performance, but also for his work to train and develop new Special Constables, leading to them becoming capable of independent patrol.

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