Added on 19 April 2017 at 09:29
St Paul’s beat manager PC Ifor Williams will today (April 19) be presented with a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in recognition of his ‘courage and distinguished service’.
Ifor, who is 50 and originally from the Wolverhampton area of the West Midlands, has been with Avon and Somerset Police since the late 1990s and took up his current post on the St Paul’s team seven years ago.
His passion for the role led the Evening Standard to describe him as, "a one-man advertisement for the effectiveness of community policing,” after Channel Four’s Murder Detectives broadcast in 2015.
Last month, he received an Angela Yeoman Award for the pivotal role he played in sending 79 drug dealers to prison for 213 years. They had, in the words of the judge, plagued the community 'like a cancer’.
PC Ifor Williams said: "I’m honoured to be receiving a QPM. It’s something I never even imagined would happen to me.
“I’m just an old fashioned beat bobby, but it’s great to see the value in that role recognised at the highest level." PC Ifor Williams
“The fact I’m receiving the medal says so much about the strength of the community I serve and the team I work alongside, particularly my sergeant, Mark Aston, and PCSO Jackie Harper,” he added.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said:
“Ifor is an outstanding ambassador for community policing. His dedication to improving the lives of people on his beat has earnt him a huge amount of respect in St Paul’s, as well as among his colleagues." Chief Constable Andy Marsh
“His local knowledge, personal courage and commitment have made him central to several high profile investigations over the years, but just as important is the work he does on a daily basis to build people’s trust and make them feel safer," he added.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I have a great amount of respect for Ifor both as a person and as a police officer. His dedication, enthusiasm and passion for serving the local community as a neighbourhood police officer is undeniable.
“I am tremendously proud of Ifor’s work and support the recognition of his efforts in going above and beyond to keep our communities safe and feeling safe.
"I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the Queen’s Police Medal.” PCC Sue Mountstevens