A retired Surrey Police officer has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list announced yesterday (December 30).
Former neighbourhood inspector Roger Nield, 59, who served with the Force for 30 years before retiring in September, was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his exemplary service and his contribution and inspiration to local policing, particularly through social media.
Roger, who was based in Runnymede when he retired, played an instrumental role in the design of the first policing mobile phone app, which was later featured on the Home Office web site, and setting up Twitter accounts which allowed residents to follow their local officer in real time.
Roger joined Greater Manchester Police in Salford in September 1985 and moved down to Surrey in August 2000, where he worked as a response and public order officer before spending 10 years in Runnymede. During his career, he also received three Chief Constable’s Commendations for his contribution to policing the Olympics, his contribution to Operation Solentine in Northern Ireland and his support for the Special Constabulary.
Temporary Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave said: “Roger thoroughly deserves this award. Before his retirement this year, he was one of the most dedicated and hardworking officers in the Force I have ever worked with, as well as being a consistent champion of social media. “He dedicated his working life to the service of the Surrey public, as well as providing constant support to his police colleagues and I am delighted he has been recognised in this year’s Honours list.”