Police Medal for assistant chief’s distinguished service

By Nick Knight   |   Editor   |
Friday 3rd June 2022 1:30 pm
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Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew.
Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew receives the Police Medal for distinguished service in theQueen’s Birthday Honours (police )

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A POLICE Medal for distinguished service has been awarded to Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew in theQueen’s Birthday Honours.

The citation for his medal says: ‘His leadership and masterful planning of the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay in June 2021, as Gold Commander, was the culmination of his outstanding diplomatic and operational policing skills.

‘He worked with government officials, showcasing two potential locations, prior to the decision of Carbis Bay.

‘An iconic venue, it represented for independent operational commentators across military and policing, ‘the most challenging venue in recent times’ being a totality of nine venues and 22 protected persons.

‘The challenge was magnified by the presence of Covid-19 and a ‘staycation’ within the busiest tourist destination in the UK.

‘Heads of State visiting in the context of a global political environment, cautious as it emerged from the pandemic and diplomatic tensions post Brexit, required his leadership to be at its height across many months.

‘His outstanding thoughtfulness and presence gave reassurance to Cabinet Office, Home Office and other officials.

‘He coordinated activities across Local Government, Blue Light partners and policing.

‘He drew together multiple partners, including military and security services, to ensure total coverage and safety for all principles and communities. Operating at extremes, within collapsing timescales due to delayed announcements, was a testament to his personal resilience.

‘In a day he would speak with school children and the most senior officials in Government, ensuring a global summit with the tone and tenor of a public holiday, to the benefit of the Summit and Cornwall itself.

‘He designed or drove national firsts including, 3D mapping with OS to enable commanders to plan and work remotely, investments in situational awareness technologies including drones and shaped maritime legislation through Government to protect harbours.

‘He enhanced best practice embedding an Engagement Hub to communicate in person and through webinars, with communities and protest groups and oversaw the deployment of all police forces in the UK in one county.’

In 2020, during COVID, as SCG Chair and police ‘Gold Commander’ for the region, he led across agencies and stakeholders co-ordinating the complex, multi-agency response.

‘As Chair of the LRF he led others through moral, legal and logistical uncertainty. ‘Nationally, as NPCC lead for Search and Rescue, he actively supported DFT in revising their policy responsibilities for maritime and civil aeronautical search and rescue. As a senior hostage negotiator, for over 20 years, he personally led and drove national policy, procedure and training for call handlers receiving suicidal calls in Ambulance Service and Police Control Rooms.

‘His passion and perseverance for suicide prevention continues and has saved countless lives across the UK.

Voluntary and charitable services: He has 20 years’ service as a volunteer coastguard rescue officer. He is an active member and chairman of his local surf lifesaving team, supporting young people and is a trustee on the National Surf Life Saving Great Britan Board.

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