St Paul's beat bobby earns top accolade

April 28 2017

St Paul’s beat manager PC Ifor Williams was presented with a Queen’s Police Medal on April 19 in recognition of his ‘courage and distinguished service’.

St Paul’s beat manager PC Ifor Williams was presented with a Queen’s Police Medal on April 19 in recognition of his ‘courage and distinguished service’.

Ifor, who is 50 and originally from the Wolverhampton area of the West Midlands, has been with Avon and Somerset Police since the late 1990s and took up his current post on the St Paul’s team seven years ago.

Last month, he received an Angela Yeoman Award for the pivotal role he played in sending 79 drug dealers to prison for 213 years. They had, in the words of the judge, plagued the community 'like a cancer’. 

PC Ifor Williams said: "I’m honoured to be receiving a QPM.  It’s something I never even imagined would happen to me. 

“I’m just an old fashioned beat bobby, but it’s great to see the value in that role recognised at the highest level. 

“The fact I’m receiving the medal says so much about the strength of the community I serve and the team I work alongside, particularly my sergeant, Mark Aston, and PCSO Jackie Harper,” he added.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I have a great amount of respect for Ifor both as a person and as a police officer.  His dedication, enthusiasm and passion for serving the local community as a neighbourhood police officer is undeniable.”