Counter Terrorism Policing officers have been recognised in King Charles III’s New Year Honours list.
Amongst this year’s recipients are an explosives officer credited with tackling some of the most complex terrorist devices and a senior detective praised for his leadership in the face of threat to life operations.
The annual New Year Honours List recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people, including those working within policing and national security.
Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Matt Jukes said:
“At Counter Terrorism Policing there are incredible officers and staff, doing incredible things every single day to keep the public safe from a myriad of threats.
“To see them feature in the honours list this year is fantastic and highlights the commitment and dedication that so many of our people embody.
“These honours are just one element of the much wider contribution policing makes to the safety and security of our communities.
“Congratulations to all of those receiving honours, you thoroughly deserve the recognition.
“I hope that alongside the recipients’ families and friends, the public are also proud to know that there are exceptional people keeping them safe.”
Explosives Officer Mick Kettle – Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mick spent 25 years as an ammunition technician in the British Army before joining the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) as an explosives officer. During his career, Mick has dealt with some of the most complex terrorist explosive devices, in hugely demanding circumstances, always putting the safety of the public first.
Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Gosling – King’s Police Medal (KPM)
DCI Gosling has been praised for his leadership in policing operations relating to high-risk counter terrorism and national security threats in the UK, including threat to life and national security investigations at a national level.
Detective Chief Superintendent Hayley Sewart – King’s Police Medal (KPM)
Det Ch Supt Sewart has played a pivotal role in transforming the national policing knife crime portfolio since 2017. She is the pioneer of the now national knife crime initiative, Op Sceptre, which first launched in London.
Detective Inspector Rasheed Alawiye – British Empire Medal (BEM)
DI Alawiye has long championed meaningful cultural change within policing and in his previous role instigated action and a range of projects across the Metropolitan Police to encourage debate around inclusion, diversity and equality.
There was also an OBE for the National Chair of the Counter Terrorism Youth Advisory Group, Travis Frain.
Travis was 19 when he was caught up in the Westminster Bridge attack in 2017 and since then has committed his professional and personal life to national security and policing.
Now a Lecturer in Policing at the University of Salford, Travis has reached thousands of young people in schools and colleges across the UK, delivering workshops about radicalisation and extremism.
In addition to this, he has spent several years working with Counter Terrorism Policing as the National Chair of the Youth Advisory Group, recently receiving a formal commendation for his work.
Assistant Commissioner Jukes added: “Travis is an inspiration to all of us at Counter Terrorism Policing; he has demonstrated such bravery, strength and resilience in the face of great horror and works tirelessly to educate others about extremism. I am thrilled that he too has been recognised in this way.”