Welwyn Garden City-based police officer receives Queen’s Birthday Honours award

DCC Michelle Dunn who is based in Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit: Lynn Brooks.

DCC Michelle Dunn who is based in Welwyn Garden City. Picture credit: Lynn Brooks.


A Hertfordshire police officer has been awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in her Birthday Honours for her distinguished service.

Hertfordshire deputy chief constable Michelle Dunn, who is based in Welwyn Garden City, has been awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal.

The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) is awarded to police officers for gallantry or distinguished service.

Michelle said: “I am both delighted and honoured to be recognised in this way.

“This award is not just about my contribution to policing, it’s about the talented individuals and teams I have had the pleasure of working with over the years, who have shared the same passion and values about public service and helped me get the job done.

“The police service is brimming with dedicated teams and units who will always go the extra mile and I am proud to have played my part in many operations and initiatives dedicated to keeping people safe and bringing offenders to justice.

“I also want to thank my family for their unstinting loyalty and care over the years, they have always encouraged me to be the best that I can and I would not have been able to progress my career without their understanding and support.”

Hertfordshire constabulary’s chief constable Charlie Hall said: “Michelle’s award is richly deserved, reflecting years of dedicated service to Hertfordshire and Essex.

“She has a passion for policing and serving our communities and has helped develop the talents of many of her colleagues, as well as being a champion for women in policing.

“I am delighted that her considerable talents and service has been recognised.”

After an early career as a science and PE teacher, Michelle started her policing career with Essex Police in 1992 and in the years that followed took up a number of interesting posts including response and neighbourhood policing, local divisional commander roles and divisional commander at Stansted airport.

Michelle was also seconded to the Home Office for 18 months developing the National Police Performance Framework.

She came to Hertfordshire in June 2014 on promotion as assistant chief constable and became deputy chief constable in 2015.

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