Merseyside Police Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM has congratulated Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley and former Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan who have been recognised in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours.
Sir Jon Murphy QPM, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to congratulate both Tim and Ian, who have today been recognised for their service in policing with the Queens Police Medal.
“Tim recently retired from the force after 30 years serving the public of Merseyside. Time and time again Tim showed his dedication to his job and his professionalism, empathy and compassionate nature shone through throughout his career. Tim was instrumental in work undertaken with Mersey Care to set up a Triage car to provide a high quality response and support for people with mental health problems, who come in to contact with the police – this work was recognised nationally and has been rolled out by other forces. After retiring Tim agreed to come back to force working in the Academy at Mather Avenue, where he is able to draw on his experience and learnings, where he is responsible for providing training to officers around protecting vulnerable people. Tim has always been highly regarded by his peers and colleagues and this is a fitting tribute to the dedication he has shown throughout his career.”
He added: “I’m also delighted to be able to congratulate Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, who we welcomed in to the ranks of Merseyside Police just two weeks ago. Ian has joined us from Lancashire police, where he had served for 24 years. Ian became a detective Sergeant in Lancashire in 1999 and has worked his way through the investigation ranks. As a Detective Superintendent he was Head of Crime with responsibility for public protection, serious organised crime, homicide, counter terrorism, intelligence and forensics. He took the lead for Lancashire Constabulary for Child Sexual Exploitation, and represented the force both at a local and national level. Ian has brought a wealth of knowledge with him to his new role here at Merseyside and the award today is testimony to the dedication and commitment he has given policing throughout the last 24 years.
“It is wonderful to see such professional and passionate people recognised nationally for their services to the community in such a prestigious way.
“They both have the upmost respect of their peers and colleagues and their integrity and professionalism is evident and demonstrated on a daily basis.
“All of Merseyside should be proud of their achievement, which reflects so well on us all.”
“On receiving the honour, Tim Keelan, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have received this recognition. However, the award also reflects the hard work and dedication of all those people who have assisted me and worked with me over many years.
“I should also pay tribute to my family, who (like many police families) have been very understanding of the extended hours I’ve had to work on many occasions, in order to see investigations through to their conclusion.
“I would like to add that although I have worked on some high profile investigations over the years, it’s not necessarily the big investigations that I’m really proud of. It’s nice to know that as a police officer you can make a massive difference to individual people. You can do things which massively change their lives in a positive way and that’s what I’ve really enjoyed.
“I’m really proud to have served within Merseyside Police and having worked with officers from many different police forces around the country I know that the community here on Merseyside are well served by one of the best, if not the best police forces across the UK.”
After receiving his honour, ACC Ian Critchley, said: “I am very humbled by this award and want to share it with all the fantastic staff and partners who work every day to help protect the public particularly the most vulnerable. I am also very lucky to have a fantastic family who will equally be sharing in this award.
“Our service continues to strive to protect vulnerable people from abuse and the lifetime of hurt this causes and I want people to feel confident that when abuse does occur that they can come forward confident in the service they will get from the police and our partners. I am most influenced in my role by the hurt I see in victims of abuse and their families that never ever truly goes away – by working together we can make a difference.
“I am very proud and privileged to have worked in Lancashire Constabulary with some amazing colleagues who have taught me a great deal and I am hugely committed to my new role as Assistant Chief Constable and serving the communities of Merseyside. This award reminds me of the privileged position I am in and the importance of ensuring that I do all I can to support our staff and partners to work together to make our communities safe places to live , where children can thrive and fulfil their ambitions rather than be harmed by those who they should most trust.”
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