12:40pm Tuesday 18th June 2013
By Emma Rigby
A FORMER Chief Superintendent from Northwich has spoken of the ‘wonderful surprise’ he had when he discovered he had been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Derek Barnett, who served for more than 34 years with Cheshire Police before retiring from the force in March, was awarded the prestigious honour for dedication to public service and his leadership of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales (PSAEW) – of which he was president.
“It is a wonderful surprise to have been awarded an OBE and I am personally proud and honoured,” said the father-of-two from Davenham.
“However I am indebted to my family for their patience and support, and also to so many talented and professional colleagues both in the Cheshire Constabulary and the Superintendents’ Association whom I have had the privilege of working with over many years.”
Derek started his police career in 1978 as a constable in Winsford, before becoming a detective sergeant and chief inspector in Northwich.
The former Hartford High School pupil, who played for Winnington Park Hockey Club and Middlewich Cricket Club, took up the role as president of the PSAEW in 2010 after spending three years as vice president.
The current president of the association, chief superintendent Irene Curtis, praised the work of her predecessor.
She said: “Derek has been a great ambassador, not just for the association but for the police service as a whole. He is a true man of integrity and this honour could not have been bestowed on any more worthy individual.
“His wise words and measured approach during a time which has seen the most extensive reform of policing in recent history meant that he stood out as an exemplary police leader, often offering the voice of reason.
“It has been a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated colleague and I know that I speak for many when I offer my congratulations to Derek and also my gratitude for his dedication and commitment to policing over the last 34 years.”
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