Date: 2nd Jun 2016
Buckinghamshire New University's Institute of Professional Policing has presented the Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council for England and Wales, Chief Constable Sara Thornton CBE, QPM, with an award in recognition of her continued support to the University.
Ms Thornton, who is a visiting Fellow at the Institute of Professional Policing and received an Honorary Doctorate from Bucks New University in 2010, was presented with the award during a recent visit to the University's High Wycombe Campus where she spoke to students about evidence-based policing and some of the challenges faced by police officers today.
The award was presented by John Nesbitt, Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Policing, who said: "We are fortunate to have Sara as a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Policing. Our students certainly appreciate listening to her views and experiences and it was a pleasure to be able to present Sara with a plaque in recognition of her continued support, both during her time as Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police and in her current position as Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council for England and Wales."
The Institute of Professional Policing at Bucks draws on expertise from the University and Thames Valley Police to deliver police education, teaching, consultancy and evidence-based research in the fields of applied criminology and teaching innovation. Awards are presented to individuals who have provided ongoing support either by delivering talks to students or by teaching.
Of her visit to the University, Ms Thornton said: "It was great to be back in the Thames Valley and in particular to be with the Special Constables who are taking the foundation degree at Bucks New University. I enjoyed being tutor for the morning and was impressed by a dedicated, enthusiastic and capable group of young people. They were informed and had views - I am sure that they will make highly effective police officers."
Picture: Sara Thornton and John Nesbitt.