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New Year Honours for the Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Five New Year Honours have come to policing in Northern Ireland.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw has been awarded the MBE for Services to Policing and the Community in Northern Ireland. Deborah Wolfe gets the BEM for services to policing. Three Queen’s Police Medals (QPM) have been awarded. They go to Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson and Inspector Phil Shepherd for Services to Policing in Northern Ireland.


Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw has 31 years police service.  He has been at the forefront of building relationships between the police and marginalised communities, as well as developing sustainable partnerships.  Nigel was the author of the ‘Working in Partnership’ policy, an integral part of the delivery of the Patten Commission for Policing with the Community.

He is one of the most experienced public order Commanders in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and has shared his experience and expertise both locally and nationally.  In 2012 Nigel was elected as the President of the Superintendents Association for Northern Ireland.

Throughout his policing career Nigel has held a number of positions including his most recent one as the first District Commander of the new Belfast City Policing District. Nigel will retire from the organisation on 1 January to take up a post with Belfast City Council.


Deborah is a Police Staff member and has worked in the Police Service for over 36 years.  In 2013 Deborah took up the role of Data Protection Officer for the Service.  Throughout her career, she has supported, mentored and help develop many staff within the organisation.  In addition to her professional contribution, she has been heavily involved in raising funds for a number of local charities.


Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray has served the community as a police officer for 24 years, performing in both environments as a uniformed officer and a detective.  During his years as a senior detective he has led some of the most high profile and complex murder inquiries in Northern Ireland.  He is currently the North Regional Commander and has been involved in developing new structures and creating the Coordination and Tasking Centre for the area.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson has been a police officer for 28 years.  During his time he has worked in both uniform and Detective roles.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Dickson is a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) within the Murder Investigation Teams based in Belfast.  In his current role, as a senior Detective, he has led various serious crime and terrorist investigation teams.

Inspector Phil Shepherd has been a police officer for 29 years.  From 2006 until 2013 he had been based within the Portadown area.  During that time, Inspector Shepherd was pivotal in assisting in the development of community engagement and his style of neighbourhood policing has been instrumental in achieving continued progress in delivering a safer community for both officers and the public.  Inspector Shepherd was one of the authors of the PSNI Code of Ethics and also helped produce the Human Rights Programme of Action.

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