Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary officers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

News   •   Jun 07, 2019 22:30 BST

Hampshire Constabulary is proud to announce that three officers have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen, Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle and PC Mark Ranola have all been honoured.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the South East who spent the majority of her service with Hampshire Constabulary, has also been recognised.

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “I am incredibly proud that these officers have received these honours and I would like to offer my congratulations to them on behalf of the force.”

Please see below the details of each officer recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen


The inspirational leadership and infectious enthusiasm of Hampshire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable has seen her honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

DCC Sara Glen has been awarded a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).

She has dedicated 27 years to serving her community, serving at every rank up to Deputy Chief Constable with Hampshire Constabulary in uniform and as a detective.

She is nominated for both for her dedication over this time, and her inspirational leadership helping to shape the service which Hampshire Constabulary provides to residents and communities at a time when the complexity of crime is creating new challenges including impact on the resilience and wellbeing of officers and staff.

As well as focusing on putting in place some of the most comprehensive plans in policing to support mental and physical wellbeing, she regularly is out on patrol with officers to check that the aspirations are a reality for them.

Sara also leads nationally for the police service on Charging and Out of Court Disposals, working with police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service and many other partners to increase the use of early intervention and diversion to reduce reoffending and improve victim satisfaction.

DCC Glen, 49, who joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1991, said: “I am very honoured to receive the Queen’s Policing Medal.

“I am as passionate and committed today as I was when I started policing and I consider myself privileged to work with amazing people who dedicate their lives every day to serving the public, protecting people, and seeking justice for those who are targeted by criminals.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Hampshire Constabulary, for the teamwork and compassion that they show every day. It is truly inspiring and makes me proud to serve alongside them.”

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkey said: “I know I speak for all her current and past Hampshire Constabulary colleagues in congratulating DCC Sara Glen on the award of her QPM.

“Sara’s award reflects many years of exemplary service to the people we serve, but also her passionate care for her colleagues.

“Sara is a lead voice in national policing, modernising many aspects of criminal justice.

“I know she will be the first to say that this award reflects the teams she works with and the colleagues who share her drive to deliver the very best of British policing to the people in our area. Well done Sara – we are all very proud of your award!”

  • Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle

He has led the policing operations for some of the most high profile events in Hampshire and Thames Valley and today he has been honoured by the Queen.

Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle has been awarded a Royal Victorian Order in Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen for his service to the Queen and the Royal Household.

The honour is granted in recognition of the work that he undertook in 2018 when he was Gold Commander of the policing operations for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May and the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank in October.

ACC Hardcastle is responsible for the Joint Operations Unit which serves both Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary. The Unit includes roads policing, firearms, public order, specialist search, mounted and marine units. His role takes him to the forefront of policing major events, tacking counter terrorism activity and managing highly demanding civil contingency events.

ACC Hardcastle was also in command for the visit of the President of the United States to Thames Valley in 2018 and has also just commanded the extensive policing operation in Portsmouth for the D-Day 75 National Commemoration Event. He is seen pictured with two of the veterans who were honoured at the event.

Speaking about receiving his honour, David said: “I am absolutely thrilled that policing has been recognised and I am tremendously humbled to receive such a personal award from Her Majesty.

“I am proud to be a police officer and be able to make a difference every day to the communities that we serve, and I am privileged to lead a team of fantastic officers and staff.

“There can’t be many careers that provide such a variety of opportunities and experiences and it has been an honour to have been involved in delivering the policing element in such iconic events.

“I could not have done any of it without the involvement of so many great people, and I thank them for the support they have provided.”

Olivia Pinkney, Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, said: “I am delighted to see Dave receive such a prestigious honour for his service to Her Majesty The Queen.

“His passion for policing and public service always shines through and the success of the events that he has commanded are a testament to his dedication and commitment over so many years. Well done from the whole force!”

John Campbell, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police said: “I welcome the recognition of ACC Hardcastle and offer congratulations on behalf of all his Thames Valley Police colleagues and our partners.

“The safe and successful delivery of large scale events requires a huge amount of planning and ACC Hardcastle has commanded the policing operations for multiple events which carefully balanced the need for security and public safety with enabling everyone to share in the joy and excitement of these happy occasion.”


• PC Mark Ranola – Neighbourhood Officer Yateley

A Hampshire officer whose unselfish devotion to his community goes far beyond the call of duty has been honoured by the Queen.

PC Mark Ranola has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to policing and the community in Hampshire.

This honour is in recognition of his “generous and industrious work” for the large and growing Nepali community in Farnborough since 2004.

With such a large influx of people from a very different culture into Farnborough, PC Ranola saw the importance of making sure they were fully integrated within the existing community.

This proved a very unsettling time, with tensions running high as both communities felt a sense of distrust against one another, due to a lack of understanding.

Recognising this and the potential problems this could cause, PC Ranola worked tirelessly with partner agencies to ensure a settled integration and restore a harmonious community.

This included a trip to Kathmandu in 2010 where PC Ranola went to learn more about Nepali culture, health, education and the police.

His experiences out there helped him to shape the work being done in Farnborough.

He was able to help other agencies to make the adjustments needed to support both the Nepali youths and elders, who had very different needs.

His work continued when he was off-duty and he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for Nepali charities.

PC Ranola, 54, who joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1992 and is currently a neighbourhood officer in Yateley, said: “I am proud to have received this honour but I am accepting this on behalf of a lot of people who have worked hard to help integrate the Nepali community in Farnborough.

“When these two communities came together there were many challenges with regards to health, education and housing due to the differences in culture.

“From a policing point of view, the Nepali community were very distrusting of us due to their experiences in Nepal, so we had to work hard to change that.

“I am most proud of the work we have achieved together and it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

“We were able to provide the focus to do what needed to be done and we are worlds apart from where we were.”

Congratulating PC Ranola, Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: "I am absolutely delighted to see PC Mark Ranola recognised in this way.

“He has worked tirelessly to bring two very different communities together and his dedication has built trust and confidence within our Nepali community.

“I am sure our colleagues, partners and the public will join me in congratulating Mark on his richly-deserved BEM."


• Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes

The Head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the South East has been recognised with a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2019.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes has been recognised for her distinguished services to policing. Along with other police officers from all ranks, she will receive medals at a dedicated ceremony later this year.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes has dedicated 27 years to policing after starting her police career in 1992 with Hampshire Constabulary, where she served until August 2014 before transferring to Thames Valley Police.

Kath has been a detective for the majority of her career; she has worked in major crime and serious and organised crime including economic crime.

She transferred to Thames Valley Police, the host force for the regional Counter Terrorism Unit and in 2017 became the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the South East.

She said: “I am honoured and humbled to learn of this award. Policing is the ultimate team game and in 27 years of service I’ve been inspired and supported by every team with whom I’ve worked.

“No police officer could start or end a shift without support from their family too. My family’s love and patience has got me through in tricky times and I can’t thank them enough for their support.

“I’ve had the privilege to work in two fantastic forces and with my current role, this has expanded into working closely with forces in the South East region and colleagues across the whole of UK policing, which has brought me great pride.

“It is the people I work with in the whole policing family who do their very best every day to keep people safe which is what I am most proud of. It’s on their behalf, and with great pride, that I accept this award.”

Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “As the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing in the SE Region, Kath Barnes, has shown leadership and resilience that without doubt has helped keep this country safe. I am so pleased that her relentless hard work and dedication has been publicly recognised – it is very deserved.”