The President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, Irene Curtis, has received her OBE at Buckingham Palace.

Irene, who joined the police service with Lancashire Constabulary in 1985, has been honoured for her contribution to policing during her 30-year career. 

A member of the Association since 2001, Irene has been active at local and national level for many years supporting her colleagues and representing the ranks of the senior operational leaders in policing. She first joined the National Executive Committee in 2007 taking the women’s reserve place, and was elected as Vice President in 2010 and as President in 2013.

As President, Irene has campaigned for a review of mental health legislation and for changes to the performance culture in policing, and has been highly vocal in support of the need to value difference in the police workforce and for greater adoption of early intervention strategies to reduce demand on policing services.

In May 2015 she was asked by the Home Secretary to lead a review into the use of targets in policing, which she delivered this autumn, and her OBE was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June this year.

Irene said:

“This is a fantastic honour for me. It’s also testament to the high regard that the Association is held in, and the value of the support it gives to its members and to the service more widely. 

“I am very grateful to those that nominated me for this award and absolutely thrilled to receive it, and I shall wear it with pride.”