FIVE police officers and staff covering Tameside and Oldham were among special guests at Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Garden Parties in recognition of their contributions.
Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, Chief Inspector Bash Anwar, Inspector Lee Broadstock, Detective Sergeant Debbie Hurst and Collision Manager Carmella Yaffa were chosen to acknowledge their work both with GMP and in local communities.
Inspector Lee Broadstock works on the Tameside district and has made significant contributions towards LGBT+ inclusion within GMP.
He is the co-chair of GMP’s Pride Network and has been instrumental in ensuring more inclusive language is used in policing and the wider community.
He has formed a regional Police with Pride North West network – a best-practice sharing network using a model now adopted across the country.
He can be credited for helping to bring the ‘World’s First Rainbow Police Car’ to life, quickly placing GMP as a leading force for LGBT+ inclusion.
Chief Inspector Bash Anwar supports and encourages diversity across GMP through his work as the Chair of GMP’s Muslim Police Association (MPA).
He has helped GMP become a leading force in terms of improving Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation and over the last two years, his work has contributed to a 40 per cent increase in the number of BAME officers in GMP.
He is always on hand to offer expert advice across a range of diversity issues, including being actively involved in working groups around the wearing of the Hijab as part of uniform.
Chief Superintendent Neil Evans was nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party through his work with the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA).
He works as a territorial Chief Superintendent in GMP, responsible for the Tameside, Oldham and Rochdale districts and is also a regional secretary of the PSA, member of the National Executive Committee and the Chair of GMP’s local branch.
Carmella Yaffa is GMP’s Collision Manager and has worked for GMP for almost 30 years. During her career, she has helped to create a bespoke database enabling the force to record collisions electronically, streamlining systems and reducing demand on frontline police officers significantly.
Despite suffering ill health, Carmella has bounced back to work through sheer passion and determination. She now helps others get back into and remain in work, ensuring people feel valued and appreciated.
Detective Sergeant Debbie Hurst has been integral in leading modern slavery investigations and initiatives in GMP.
She helped to create the Victim Liaison Officer (VLO) scheme and researched national best practice and assisted in developing a Modern Slavery Tactical Advisors training course.
She is also passionate about charity, having completed a series of events including fell races and half marathons to raise money for Retrak charity, and has travelled to Ethiopia twice.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “I am immeasurably proud of what each of these members of the force has achieved.
“This is the first time GMP were invited to nominate officers and staff to attend a Royal Garden Party and this formal recognition is truly deserved.
“The commitment and determination they show on a daily basis is outstanding, and I am honoured to have such passionate and dedicated individuals working as part of our organisation.”