A long-serving officer in Lancaster’s Public Protection Unit will receive an MBE in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
DC Denise Kershaw MBE was recognised for her outstanding contribution to protecting vulnerable victims of crime in a career with the constabulary that has now spanned over twenty eight years as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.
Having initially joined the Police as a patrol officer, serving in East Lancashire, Denise became a Community Beat Manager in Lancaster, before joining the Public Protection Unit, initially as a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, where she was responsible for the development and tutoring of police and social care workers.
Denise also works as a Family Liaison Officer and is currently a specialist child abuse investigator working with abused children and dealing with perpetrators, and has already had her efforts recognised locally as she has received five commendations in the last 10 years.
Before receiving her award, she said: “I feel extremely humbled and thrilled to be receiving an MBE. It means such a lot to me and my family, and I am very grateful to the people who felt strongly enough to put me forward for this honour.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight my colleagues in the Public Protection Unit.
“For me, this honour is testament to the work the whole team has done on some challenging cases and the support we’ve given each other throughout.”
Denise’s supervising officer, DI Andrew Bunn of Lancaster Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Denise is an incredible person.
“Despite doing a very demanding job, she is always so positive in her outlook.
“She has helped to protect so many children and other vulnerable people, and her strength of character has helped to support her colleagues in the Public Protection Unit through some very emotionally difficult cases over the years.
“We are so proud for Denise, as she fully deserves this honour in recognition of her outstanding work.”
Denise’s divisional commander, Ch Supt Richard Bayly, said; “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Denise on this richly-deserved honour.
“Officers with Denise’s commitment to protecting children and other vulnerable people are the lifeblood of a police force, and I’m proud I have officers like Denise under my command.”