Police officer from Pocklington gains royal recognition

Delighted...PC Suzanne Asquith.
Delighted...PC Suzanne Asquith.

A police officer from Pocklington has received the royal seal of approval after being recognised in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

PC Suzanne Asquith, of North Yorkshire Police, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to policing and to youth engagement in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Suzanne had been a police officer for about 12 years when she was diagnosed with a serious illness which put her out of front line action. She wanted to ensure that she remained an active part of North Yorkshire Police, whilst dealing with her illnesses.

In 2013, she undertook a project to review the force’s Youth Engagement Programme and look at how it could be developed and expanded. North Yorkshire Police’s Lifestyle Challenge 2013 and Rock Challenge 2014 quickly followed and have run to great success every year since.

Suzanne is now working on the forthcoming Lifestyle and Rock Challenge events.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received the British Empire Medal. I have always loved being a police officer and am very proud to be given an award in recognition of it. Most of all I am proud of all the young people who have taken part in both projects and who have realised their potential, overcome difficulties and made improvements to both themselves and their communities. That is inspirational.”