I am so proud that DCI Linda Dawson has today been awarded the MBE for her work with victims of stalking/harassment and policing.  In a few days, it will be 21 years since she knocked on my door, as a Detective Constable, in response to the call for help with a problem I had with a colleague.

It was she, and her dedicated Sergeant, Ian Smith, who asked me if I would go public with my case in February 1995, as they didn’t know what else to do in order to protect me, it was the only way to highlight the loophole in the law.

It has been a long journey, laws changed, improvements made to policing, but hers or Ian’s dedication to improving life for victims never wavered, and she is still actively working to improve things today.

I am so pleased that someone so dedicated, that someone who actually deserves it, has received this honour.

Well done Linda!