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GMP long service award for former officer after 52 years in policing

A former police officer has received a long service award after 20 years of service with GMP bringing his total time working in policing to 52 years.

 John Baron MBE, 69, began his policing career as a cadet at just 16 years old. He became a fully-fledged officer two years later, and achieved the rank of Detective Constable.  After 32 years and the amalgamation of Cheshire and Manchester Police, John handed in his warrant card in 1997.  John then took a civilian support staff role within the Serious Organised Crime Division at GMP. He retired in March this year.

In his support role, John worked on the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES), leading on the various systems for investigating homicide and major incidents. John was the HOLMES lead on several high profile cases during his time with the Serious Organised Crime Division, including the Strangeways riots in 1990, the Morecambe cockling disaster in 2004 and the London to Glasgow train crash in 2007.

John, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was presented with the long service award by Chief Constable, Ian Hopkins at a ceremony held at Hough End on Wednesday, 26th April.

During the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year John was awarded an MBE for his services to both the Greater Manchester community and the police.

John said: “The changeover from a police officer to a support role was actually very easy for me, as I was dealing with the same officers who I’d worked with before. My 30 plus years as an officer also meant that I could call upon my experience not only to help the officers but also my fellow support colleagues.

“Over the years I’ve been very fortunate to have a received a number of awards while at GMP, most notably my MBE. As the process is anonymous, I would like to thank all those people who nominated me. I’ve been very lucky to have worked in two very different roles at Greater Manchester Police, both of which I have thoroughly enjoyed doing.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “John’s dedication to serving GMP and the communities of Greater Manchester can’t be praised enough.

“His experience as both a serving officer and in a support capacity has proved invaluable over the years to us all at Greater Manchester Police. John will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues.”



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