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MBE for volunteer who made 'tremendous contribution' to force


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He spent over a decade giving up his free time to support children held in police custody.

Chris Barmby and Chief Inspector Dave Pate

Chris Barmby and Chief Inspector Dave Pate

A volunteer who chaperoned more than 1,700 police interviews has been presented with an MBE for services to police and the community.

Chris Barmby worked alongside Kent Police for more than 12 years as an “appropriate adult", supporting adults with learning difficulties and children taken into custody.

Voluntary police interviews with children or vulnerable adults who are suspects cannot take place without an appropriate adult.

This week Mr Barmby visited Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE from Prince William after being awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Chief Inspector Dave Pate said: “Chris Barmby has provided a tremendous contribution over many years, not only to Kent Police, but to countless young people and his local community.

“Appropriate adults perform a vital role in being readily available to assist with the needs of children and vulnerable people, of whom many arrive in custody without a responsible adult, such as a family member or guardian.

“Those in custody may need the help of someone who is available to attend and ensure they understand their rights and what officers are telling them.

“The likes of Mr Barmby sacrifice their own free time to attend police stations at all hours and they remain a key component in ensuring the smooth running of the custody function.”

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