Devon & Cornwall Police officer awarded KPM for services to policing

Devon & Cornwall Police officer awarded KPM for services to policing

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A Devon & Cornwall Police officer has been awarded the King’s Policing Medal (KPM) for services to policing in the King’s Birthday Honours list 2023, according to the latest update by Devon & Cornwall Police.

Police Constable Sam Samuel who has served with the Force for 21 years, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in policing. Based in Plymouth, he is currently working as the full-time geographical representative for the Police Federation in Devon and Cornwall.

As per the update, over the years, he has demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to communities using his initiative to help improve the understanding in the Force of the impact of racism on victims of crime.

PC Samuel said, “I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised in the King’s Birthday Honour’s list. Over the years, I have very much enjoyed being a police officer collaborating with communities and partners to help change the way we treat victims of racism. There is still much work to do, but I am committed to being at the forefront of change to ensure our diverse communities continue to be heard and are protected.”

Accordingly, PC Samuel came to England from a small village in Antigua to join his parents, who had travelled to England as part of the Windrush generation. He spent ten years in the Royal Navy after leaving school and 15 years as an engineer with BT before joining the police service. He grew up in Leicester and joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 2002.

Dedicated to improving the experience with the police of victims of racism, in 2016, he volunteered his services to help set up the Force’s Positive Action group, as per the reports.

In 2017 he received a Force commendation after helping save the life of a man suffering self-inflicted knife wounds in Plymouth. First, on the scene, PC Samuel acted fast and gave first aid to the man in an extremely stressful situation.

In addition to his busy role as a police constable and Police Federation representative, over the years, he has used his initiative to build relationships with the local Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), improving the understanding of the impact of racism on victims of crime. Through working with the Diverse Communities Team, PC Samuel has also improved the service and support to victims of hate crimes, particularly after defendants are charged.

Outside of policing, he is a level two rugby union coach and has spent that time developing and improving the lives of young people in the local community through team building and helping to build the confidence of junior members.

Chief Constable Will Kerr said, “PC Samuel has been an exemplary and truly inspirational front-line response officer in Plymouth for over fifteen years, working in some of the most challenging and deprived areas of the city. As a police constable and in his role as a Police Federation representative, he is a true ambassador for front-line officers nationally and especially those officers from visible ethnic backgrounds.”

“Colleagues have commented that PC Samuel has a very strong sense of justice and is dedicated to doing what is right for victims of crime, not always what is easy. He is also an officer who is recognised for his extensive community knowledge and admired for his drive to reduce harm and increase support for the most vulnerable persons in the community. He continues to display the utmost resilience, courage and is a true inspiration to many,” he added.

While continuing, Kerr mentioned, “I know all my colleagues in Devon and Cornwall Police will join me in wishing him the warmest congratulations for this well-deserved recognition of his policing career.”