Thames Valley Police officer honoured in New Year Honours 2023
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Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce today (30/12) that one of its officers has been recognised in the King’s New Year Honours List 2023.
Detective Inspector Tina Wallace has been awarded a King’s Police Medal (KPM).
“When I received the email saying that I was to receive a KPM, I was completely overwhelmed,” she said.
“I had to read the email several times before it began to sink in. I was just walking around in a bit of a daze, and I had to go out and walk my dogs to try to compose myself.
“To be recognised like this is just an immense honour.
“I am so grateful that somebody has gone out of their way to nominate me and I feel so honoured to have my work recognised.”
DI Wallace joined Thames Valley Police in 1997 at the age of 25 after a short career in the Royal Air Force, where she served as a chef, based predominantly at RAF Brize Norton.
By her own admission, being a chef was not her calling in life, and she joined the force as a probationer based at Witney police station.
She spent almost two years at Witney, before moving on to the Area Proactive Team at Banbury police station in 1999.
Not one for sitting still, after two years in Banbury, she first joined Force Intelligence and Specialist Operations in 2001, working in a surveillance role until 2008.
DI Wallace then moved on to Counter Terrorism Policing South East until 2018, before re-joining Specialist Ops.
DI Wallace lives in Buckinghamshire, but works out of a number of police stations across the Thames Valley.
DI Wallace is also currently studying for a Master’s degree in applied criminology at the University of Cambridge.
“The role that I do does go unnoticed, as it should do working in Specialist Operations, but I owe this to a lot of people,” she said.
“Although it’s me that has received this honour, I would without a doubt dedicate this to the sergeants I work with in Specialist Operations, without whom, I would not be able to carry out of my additional duties within the force.”
Throughout her career at Thames Valley Police, DI Wallace has nothing but pride and positive experiences working for the force.
“I can honestly say that I have had nothing but positive experiences working for TVP, especially as a female officer,” she said.
“I’ve always been given fantastic opportunities and the support I’ve had to develop my career is second to none.
“TVP has invested in me and I feel I have shown loyalty to them throughout my career.
“I definitely feel that TVP has an entirely different perspective on valuing its staff and that is one of the main reasons I’ve worked here for so long. It’s just such a productive environment to work in.”
Chief Constable John Campbell said: “I am delighted to see Detective Inspector Tina Wallace has been recognised for her outstanding service to policing in the King’s New Year Honours.
“This award highlights Tina’s commitment and hard work over many years to protect and keep our communities safe and she should be incredibly proud of this achievement.
“I know everyone within Thames Valley Police will join me in extending to Tina our sincere thanks and congratulations.”
Note to editors:
Due to her role, DI Wallace is not available for interview and no picture is available of her.