Added on: 17th June, 2019 by O1
A senior Met Police officer from Bromley has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his work caring for families of colleagues killed in the line of duty.
Gary, who has 32 years’ service with the Met, has been supporting the families of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty for around 20 years, dedicating much of his free time to support families following deaths on duty, providing emotional and practical support, helping them through both the legal and grieving processes over many years.
Gary has participated in both the USA and UK Police Unity Tour cycle rides over the past 13 years,and The UK Police Unity Tour, which he co-founded in 2013, has raised in excess of £500,000 for charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS) UK. Gary has himself raised around £275,000 through various fundraising efforts and events.
Inspector Byfield said: “I am honoured that I have been awarded the MBE for supporting families through COPS and UK Police Unity Tour that have lost police officers in the line of duty. I want to dedicate this award in the memory of all those officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving in the Police.”
Described as “an exemplary ambassador for UK policing”, he has also been integral to establishing an effective support network between British and American families who have lost someone.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I would like to congratulate all of the colleagues whose remarkable achievements, both in their professional and personal lives, have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen. These are special accolades that they and their families and loved ones can take great pride in for years to come.