A veteran British Transport Police officer from Leighton Buzzard has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Richard (Dick) Gill has worked at the force for 42 years as a police officer and more recently as a member of police staff.
Throughout his career he has been a pioneer for racial diversity, challenging prejudice in the policing sector and cultivating inclusivity in all areas.
Mr Gill has also worked hard on tackling crime head on and was commended in 1992 for his work in cutting robberies on the London Underground.
He said: “It came as a great surprise to receive this MBE and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who were involved in my nomination.
“Having served the BTP diligently as a police officer and later as police staff for 42 years, I feel greatly honoured to have received this prestigious recognition.”