Royal honour for marvellous Mark

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A senior officer has been royally rewarded after receiving the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) from Prince William.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Payne was recognised for his decades of policing during a Buckingham Palace ceremony 7 July.

The current head of Counter Terrorism Policing West Midlands was nominated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list after playing a leading role in solving some of the region’s most serious crimes.

Det Chf Supt Mark Payne receives the Queen's Police Medal
Det Chf Supt Mark Payne receives the Queen’s Police Medal

He joined the force in 1994 and rose the ranks to spend time as head of homicide, force CID and oversee professional standards. He also spent time as temporary Assistant Chief Constable for local policing.

Mark has led a series of high profile investigations including the operations which saw gang kingpin and murderer Tafarwa Beckford jailed for 32 years; the investigation into rogue surgeon Ian Paterson and brothers Roger and David Cooper who killed Sameena Imam.

Mark, who attended the ceremony with his wife, said: “It is a real honour, no pun intended, to be awarded the QPM.

“I have had a fabulous career, loved every minute and been involved in some fantastic investigations, this is the icing on the cake.”