Dr Robin Bhairam is named in Queen’s birthday honours list

London Met Senior Lecturer has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in recognition of his 30 years of service in the Metropolitan Police.

A London Metropolitan University senior lecturer has been named in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list.

Dr Robin Bhairam, Course Leader in Police Studies, Procedure and Investigation and Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Policing, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the police service over 30 years.

The Management Board of the Metropolitan Police Service, which is chaired by the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, nominated Robin for this prestigious and rare award.

During his 30-year career, Robin was involved in a number of pioneering events and investigations that made a significant impact on the policing practice within the UK, many of which have also been adopted world wide. These include the way Hate Crime, Domestic Violence and Homicide investigations are conducted, driven by the legacy of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Also how victims and families of such crimes and serious sexual offences were supported and given a voice.

“I was very fortunate in my 30 years to have been involved in some of the most significant investigations and events in the contemporary history of the Metropolitan Police,” said Robin.

He also played a significant role in a number of high profile inquiries including supporting the UK response to the 9/11 attacks, the investigation following 7/7, Operation Minstead, which was the longest single manhunt for a serial rapist in the Metropolitan Police history, and was the Senior Investigating Officer into the aftermath of the 2011 London Disorders.

He remained equally as active in his final years of service including the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Tia Sharp, the investigation into the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby and represented the Commissioner at the Supreme Court in a case that was challenging specific operational policing practice that would impact on the whole of the UK, a case which was won.

Robin joined at a time when there were approximately just 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) officers in the UK. During his service he strove to see changes in that profile and later became the first BME Detective Superintendent on the Counter Terrorist Command. He continues today to mentor and support people from under represented groups stating, “I want this to be part of my legacy to UK policing”

He retired from the Metropolitan Police in July 2015.

Robin describes the Queen’s birthday honour award as “the most humbling but greatest personal achievement of my career.”

The honours list recognises people who have made achievements in public life and who have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Anyone can nominate another person to be considered for the award. Nominations are accepted based on the level of risk the individual has faced, their commitment and persistence and how aware the person was of the danger.

Nominations usually take 12 to 18 months to be reviewed by an honours committee and the government before being approved by a Royal.

Dr Robin Bhairam