A SENIOR police officer who spent time serving Solihull, has been honoured by the Queen for his ‘distinguished public service.’
Chief Superintendent Surjeet Manku, who was named as the recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the New Year Honours List, recently visited Buckingham Palace to collect his award.
The 52-year-old officer, who moved to the UK from Kenya in 1964, learnt he was to receive the QPM back in November but was sworn to secrecy by palace officials.
Only when the official list was published in December could he tell those closest to him of his achievement.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter. I had to read it twice - it was so unexpected,” said Chief Supt Manku.
“I was told to tell no one of the honour and that my bosses would be informed in due course.
“When I told my wife, she was so proud and was very excited to visit the palace.”
Throughout his policing career, which began in 1984, Chief Supt Manku has worked in both uniform and CID positions across the force including Aston, his hometown of Coventry, Solihull, and Sutton Coldfield.