July 7th workers honoured

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Jun 24 2007, 04:50 AM #15

This is the BBC story. I first saw it on Friday morning but I didn't have time to post it. It seems to have changed since then. In the original story, as I recall it, Vinnie and Billy and Jake were each associated with a site. The site with no dog was Aldgate. The PDSA press release does not support my memory, however
Bravery honours for 7 July dogs

Police dogs who worked in the aftermath of the 7 July bombings are being awarded an animals' version of the George Cross.

Labradors Vinnie and Billy and Spaniel Jake will receive the honour for their work sniffing out possible explosives.

They represent all 14 dogs who worked in the immediate aftermath of the London terror attacks in 2005.

The dogs will receive the PDSA Gold Medal from the charity's patron Princess Alexandra on 3 July.

The dog teams were deployed to locate possible secondary terrorist devices at the four bomb attack sites.

The animals checked access was safe for emergency services, who were preparing to tend to those left trapped or injured.

Marilyn Rydstrom, director general of the charity PDSA, said: "In the face of indescribable devastation and trauma, the dogs remained calm and steadfast.

"Their gallantry helped save lives by ensuring medical assistance reached the casualties as quickly as safely as possible."

The PDSA Gold Medal can be awarded to "any animal that is instrumental in saving human or animal life when its own life is in jeopardy or through exceptional devotion to duty".

PDSA, originally known as The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, is the UK's leading veterinary charity.
The PDSA Press Release:
London Bombing search dogs to receive the animals’ George Cross

Police explosives search dogs that worked through the devastation caused by the horrific terrorist attacks on London’s public transport system on 7 July 2005 are to receive the PDSA Gold Medal - the animals’ George Cross - for their gallantry and devotion to duty.

Labradors, Vinnie and Billy and Spaniel, Hubble Keck (pet name Jake), have been chosen by their respective Police Forces - the British Transport Police, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police - to represent all 14 Police explosive search dogs that worked in London on the day of the bombing.

The dogs will receive their PDSA Gold Medals from PDSA Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra, at a special ceremony at St. James’s Palace on 3 July (2007).

Marilyn Rydström, Director General of PDSA said: “It is our honour to announce the award of the PDSA Gold Medal to these skilled and extraordinary dogs. Their presence proved invaluable on that fateful day and they continue to work with tireless courage on our behalf, detecting danger and protecting lives. We can all feel safer knowing these dogs and their handlers are on duty.”

The 14 Police explosives search dog teams were deployed to locate possible secondary terrorist devices at the four bomb attack sites in order to secure safe access for the Emergency Services to those trapped or injured.

“In the face of indescribable devastation and trauma, the dogs remained calm and steadfast. Their gallantry helped save lives by ensuring medical assistance reached the casualties as quickly as safely as possible,” added Marilyn.
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Jun 26 2007, 02:36 PM #16

New Year Honours

The Metropolitan Police is proud that these members of our staff are recipients of Honours announced by Her Majesty in the New Year Honours List 2006:


OBE

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke OBE

Specialist Operations

DAC Clarke has been head of the MPS Anti-Terrorist Branch and National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations since June 2002.

This dual role is recognised as highly demanding and challenging, particularly with the ever-changing threat from international terrorism. Under his leadership the Anti-Terrorist Branch has grown significantly to provide the most effective operational response. He has been at the forefront of developing new counter-terrorism strategies and tactics not only for the Met, but police forces pan-UK, and has made an outstanding worldwide contribution to the investigation of terrorism.

He led the Anti-Terrorist Branch in the response to the 7 July London bomb attacks which were of a type and scale unprecedented within the United Kingdom. Despite huge investigative challenges his team identified those responsible within days of the attacks.

Following the alleged attempted terrorist attack on the London transport system on 21 July he gave his team robust leadership and support. His team astounded the world with its efficiency and effectiveness. Within days alleged suspects were identified and arrested. Currently, 16 people are awaiting trial in connection with the alleged events of 21 July.

In his dual role he made a major contribution to the Met's counter-terrorism policing, described by the HMIC "as the envy of the world".

DAC Clarke said:

"I am delighted to receive this honour. It is a recognition of the dedication, professionalism and extreme hard work by many colleagues over a long period of time to meet the unprecedented challenges from international terrorism".

MBE

Commander Chris Allison MBE

Territorial Policing - Westminster

Commander Chris Allison has served in the Metropolitan Police Service for the whole of his policing career, and for the majority of nearly 22 years this has been as a uniformed officer.

For the last three years, he has been responsible for policing the City of Westminster which is right in the heart of London. This is the largest borough in the Metropolitan Police Service with over 2,100 staff and is the only Basic Command Unit in the country headed by an officer from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

He has worked on a variety of divisions at various ranks and has undertaken both command and strategic roles. Throughout his service, he has been heavily involved in the policing of public order events ranging from football matches, small marches and demonstrations all the way through to the resolution of severe public disorder. As a member of the MPS Public Order Command Cadre, he has undertaken a command role at many of the major events and incidents that have taken place in London over the last few years

Since February 2004, he has also been the National Association of Chief Police Officers lead on licensing and alcohol matters.

Commander Chris Allison said:

"I am delighted and humbled to receive this honour and would like to thank all the people who responded so magnificently in July. The terrorist atrocities were a testing time for everyone, whether you were caught up in the attack or whether you were involved in responding to it. The way in which the emergency services worked together, being supported by the public, showed how effective our society can be in responding to a such a horrific event."

Jean Thomas MBE

Human Resources, Head of Nursing

As head of nursing for the MPS Jean Thomas has made a significant contribution to the welfare and well-being of Metropolitan Police personnel and has been an excellent ambassador for the police service in respect of both the counselling and nursing disciplines. She has a reputation for giving constructive and objective professional assistance and has proved to be an influential figure in shaping policy.

She has played a key role in supporting police personnel who were closely involved in a number of major disasters both in the United Kingdom and abroad. In the UK she supported the police response to the rail crashes at Paddington and Hatfield where, at short notice, she arranged counselling for officers who faced the trauma of dealing with horrific injuries. She produced a national strategy for debriefing officers returning from the tsunami disaster. She has also contributed significantly to the production of longer-term strategies that have reaped considerable benefit for the MPS, including enhanced first aid for firearms officers and debt counselling.

Queen's Police Medal

Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Yates QPM
Specialist Crime

John Yates served as a Senior Investigating Officer at Detective Chief Inspector and Detective Superintendent ranks on over twenty murder enquiries. In the 1990s, as a Detective Superintendent he led a corruption enquiry into the activities of the South East Regional Crime Squad, resulting in the imprisonment of six corrupt detectives.

In 1999-2000 he was Staff Officer to Sir Paul Condon, during the testing period for the MPS of the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence. Following this period he became Borough Commander at Barnet eventually transferring as Acting Commander to the Specialist Crime Operational Command Unit with MPS responsibility for homicide.

Upon completion of the Senior Command Course at Bramshill he was appointed Commander (Crime) for Territorial Policing. In January 2005, he was tasked with the role of Gold Commander for Operation Bracknell, the police response to the south east Asian tsunami disaster, the second-largest recorded earthquake in history which caused the death of approximately 300,000 people. He played a key role in the co-ordination of the UK policing resources and deployments to the earthquake region.

DAC Yates said:

"My 24 years in the Met have been both challenging and extremely rewarding. I consider it a privilege to have worked alongside so many dedicated, talented and committed colleagues in that time, and an even greater privilege to receive the QPM for doing so. A special mention must go to my family who have given me so much support throughout my service."

Detective Superintendent John Prunty QPM
Specialist Operations

Detective Superintendent Prunty joined the Anti-Terrorist Branch shortly after the attacks on key areas of the United States of America in September 2001 and since then has made an enormous contribution to British counter-terrorism. He has led several high-profile and complex enquiries during which he has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills coupled with outstanding professional detective ability. Early in 2004 he became the Senior Investigating Officer for an enquiry focused upon the alleged activities of a group of men who were suspected of conspiring to cause an explosion within the United Kingdom. He planned and coordinated a series of raids around London and the Home Counties resulting in the arrest and charging of several men who are currently awaiting trial. (Crevice, in which Khan & Tanweer were identified)

He was appointed as the Senior Investigating Officer for the group of British citizens held in United States detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The return of these men in two groups required considerable negotiation with a wide range of partners over a protracted period of time. Following the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July 2005, he was appointed as the Senior Investigating Officer for the largest mass murder investigation that London has ever seen.

Detective Superintendent Douglas McKenna QPM
Specialist Operations

Detective Superintendent McKenna joined the Anti-Terrorist Branch in 1990, serving with the branch throughout the terrorism campaign in Northern Ireland until 1997 when he joined the National Crime Squad. He returned to the Anti-Terrorist Branch in September 2002 as a senior investigator, undertaking a wide range of enquiries at home and abroad, including the bombing at the British Consulate in Istanbul in November 2003. Also in 2003 he was appointed as the senior investigating officer on an enquiry known as Operation Springbourne which would later become known as the 'ricin case'. This investigation developed into an extraordinarily complex and sensitive case and led to the conviction of a key terrorist.

Following the terrorist attacks in London on 7 July, he had responsibility for overseeing the forensic examination of the four crime scenes and liaised with HM Coroner over victim identification, a role that he fulfilled with great skill and sensitivity. He was the senior investigating officer into the alleged terrorist attack on London's transport system on 21 July. Sixteen people are currently awaiting trial in connection with the alleged events on that day.

Detective Superintendent Jim Dickie QPM

Specialist Crime

Detective Superintendent Dickie's service has been predominately in CID, serving on investigation units such as Homicide Investigation and the Flying Squad. As a detective superintendent working in Serious and Organised Crime he has led investigations into some of the most dangerous and violent organised criminals. He played a lead role in the investigation into the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster and the terrorist atrocities of 11 September 2001. In December 2004 when a tsunami tore through south east Asia, he was instrumental in the implementation of a UK-wide response. He ensured that ante-mortem data was gathered nationally in a manner which allowed it to be of greatest benefit to those deployed overseas. He spent four months working on the tsunami response.

Less than two months later he was required to respond as senior identification manager for the victims of the terrorist bombings in London on 7 July. He was in charge of all the casualty bureau, victim identification and family liaison activities. He is commended not only for his exceptional leadership abilities in the case of the tsunami and the terrorist bombings of 7 July, but also for his contribution to the investigation of previous mass disasters.

Chief Inspector Kevin Bowsher QPM
Deputy Commissioner's Command

Following a period of secondment to HMIC, CI Bowsher has recently returned to the MPS to lead the team scrutinising compliance with statutory diversity legislation and related police regulations, at a time of heightened attention in the wake of the Morris and Campaign for Racial Equality enquiries.

Chief Inspector Bowsher's team is also responsible for the new MPS diversity strategy, which has involved significant consultation with key stakeholders, monitoring the Race Equality Scheme and ensuring that the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry continue to be implemented and progressed within the MPS.

Members of the Royal Victorian Order

Sergeant Ian Huggett MVO
Specialist Operations - Royalty Protection

Sergeant Patrick O'Higgins MVO
Specialist Operations - Royalty Protection

Inspector Christopher Tarr MVO
Specialist Operations - Royalty Protection

Member of the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver)Constable Allister Brown RVM
Specialist Operations - Royalty Protection

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Jul 3 2007, 12:47 PM #17

7/7 sniffer dogs to be honoured
Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 06:21 GMT 07:21 UK

Police sniffer dogs who searched for explosives in the aftermath of the 7 July bombings are to receive awards.

Labradors Vinnie and Billy, and Jake, a spaniel, will be awarded the animals' George Cross on behalf of the 14 dogs and their handlers who worked that day.

They will receive their People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) gold medals at St James's Palace later.

"Their presence proved invaluable on that fateful day," said Marilyn Rydstrom, of the PDSA.

Exceptional bravery

"It is our honour to announce the award of the PDSA gold medal to these skilled and extraordinary dogs.

"We can all feel safer knowing these dogs and their handlers are on duty."

The dogs were deployed to locate possible secondary terrorist devices at the four bomb attack sites on 7 July 2005.

They checked access was safe for emergency services, who were preparing to assist those left trapped or injured.

British Transport Police dog Vinnie was deployed at Russell Square Tube site where he searched the tunnel to King's Cross.

Metropolitan Police dog Jake searched the wreckage of the suicide bombed double decker bus at Tavistock Square.


The PDSA gold medal is generally awarded to animals who are "instrumental in saving human or animal life".
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Jul 3 2007, 04:12 PM #18

Billy and handler Rob Brydon were at Aldgate:
Commendations for 7/7
Commissioner’s
commendations
The Commissioner has awarded
commendations to the following officers
and police staff for their exceptional
response, commitment and dedication
to duty following the Aldgate explosion
on 7 July 2005:
PC James AVELING
DC Tony BANDY
PC Robert BRYDON & BILLY

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Police Dog Units –
Special Animal Action Award

Since last Thursday's bombings, the Metropolitan Police Explosive Search Dog Unit, City of London Police Dogs and Mounted Unit and British Transport Police Explosive Search Dog Section have worked jointly around the city - no additional dogs have been flown in from outside London. Dozens of these dogs have been working at the bomb scenes and elsewhere around the city. Their core function is counter-terrorism. Normal everyday duties would include checking suspect packages, high visibility patrols at London airports, searching places where members of the Royal Family, politicians, etc, may be visiting or at high profile events, which could be terrorist targets. Since the bombings, they have carried out initial checks at the scenes of the explosions to search for secondary devices, they continue to respond to further security alerts and are carrying out extra patrols around the city. The dogs search specifically for explosives, not for survivors or bodies. Since last Thursday's attacks, dog units have responded to more than 180 call-outs to suspect devices/threats.

British Transport Police Explosive Search Dog Section:

Pc Alan Muggleton will attend the awards with his dog Joe, they were among the first on the scene at Aldgate, and later worked at Russell Square. The section has 28 dogs, eight of which are still completing training, but some of these were given a special dispensation to work and almost all were called for duties after the bombings. They mainly use springer spaniels, and also have one labrador, a pointer/cross and a border collie.

City of London Police Dogs and Mounted Unit:

Insp Chris Rowbottom and Pc Rob Brydon, with police dog Billy, are attending the awards. Their dogs' duties included "maintaining a safe environment for the City communities" and "public reassurance". Mounted duties included "implementing and supporting cordons" and "high profile patrols". Dogs and horses were deployed to Aldgate and Liverpool Street areas immediately after the Aldgate bomb. They remained there throughout the day of the bombing and for several days after.

The Metropolitan Police Explosive Search Dog Unit will receive their award at a later date.

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Jul 3 2007, 04:47 PM #19

PDSA Gold Medal .. for animal gallantry and devotion to duty

Picture shows Explosives Search dog Vinnie with handler PC Dave Coleman

Vinnie Explosives Search Dog – British Transport Police

Vinnie and his handler, PC Dave Coleman, were already on duty in the City when they were urgently deployed to the terrorist explosion at Russell Square tube station. Vinnie immediately began a search for secondary explosive devices in order to establish a clear and safe route for medical assistance to reach the many casualties.

Overcoming choking smoke and poor visibility, Vinnie then searched the mile-long route from Russell Square to the bomb-damaged train at Kings Cross and completed a reoccupation search of Kings Cross station.

Despite the horrendous devastation and human trauma, Vinnie did not hesitate in carrying out his duties. His skills and tireless devotion to duty were instrumental in restoring public safety and he proved invaluable throughout this tragic event.

Jake Explosives Search Dog – Metropolitan Police

Hubble Keck, affectionately known as Jake, and his handler, PC Robert Crawford, were deployed to Tavistock Square, where casualties needed urgent attention after a bomb explosion on a double-decker bus.

Jake immediately began a search of the street leading to the bus. Working through shattered glass and twisted metal, he secured a safe route for an explosives officer to investigate a suspect device on the bus and for paramedics to reach injured passengers. Jake also then secured an area close to the bus to enable a makeshift field hospital to treat casualties.

Jake was later redeployed to search the mile-long route from Russell Square to the bomb-damaged train at Kings Cross and then to search through the wrecked train.

Despite significant danger, Jake worked tirelessly and remained undaunted by the work presented to him. His skill, control and unstinting devotion to duty protected members of the public and the emergency services from harm, and his presence proved invaluable throughout this tragic event.

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Billy Explosives Search Dog – City of London Police

Billy and his handler, PC Rob Brydon-Brown, were deployed to what they believed to be a train crash at Aldgate tube station. They were met by a sea of casualties and from the nature of the injuries it was clear that there had been an explosion.

Billy was tasked to secure the scene by searching the length of the underground tunnel. Despite immense heat and poor visibility, Billy remained constant to his duties and did not falter.

Billy remained on call throughout the day and attended 21 locations in response to alerts from the public. Working tirelessly and in the face of danger, his skills and determination to protect the pubic and the emergency services proved invaluable throughout this tragic event.

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Jul 3 2007, 04:52 PM #20

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
City of London May 2006:


Bexley Business Acadamey visit the City Last week the Master and senior members of the Company of Security Professionals accompanied youngsters from the Bexley Business Academy around the City of London on the now well established “Whittington Course” which was taking place for the 5th consecutive year. The objective of which is to show that success and reward can be achieved through hard work and determination irrespective of one’s background.

The young people had the most amazing day commencing at Canary Wharf Tower with a thorough explanation from Richard Kemp, the Security Manager for the whole of Canary Wharf, on the history and infrastructure of Canary Wharf which culminated in a visit to the 50th floor to see the amazing panoramic view of London and surrounding boroughs.

A visit round the adjacent HSBC building was followed by a ride on the Docklands Railway into the heart of the City for lunch at the Guildhall where the youngsters had the opportunity to meet young, successful businessmen and women to discuss opportunities for careers in the City and to see the City model and Roman Ruins.

After lunch they went to Wood Street Police Station where they talked to the handlers and met the City of London dogs and horses. Dog handlers present were PC Stephen Raison with Police Dogs Joe (German Shepherd) and Ben (Springer Spaniel). PC Rob Brydon with Police Dog Billy a Labrador was also there. They also had a sit in a police car and talked to the drivers of the cars and the motorbikes. The students were taken, with a very impressive police escort of two pushbikes and two beautiful horses, to Mansion House for tea with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. Police Sergeant Maria Brett was riding Police Horse Walsh (stable name Rod) and Police Constable Cheryl Elliot was riding Police Horse Knowles (stable name Danny).

The teachers said that their students returned to school very excited and beyond the point of positive!


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Sep 26 2007, 05:02 PM #21

 
Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK

Gold medals for 7/7 sniffer dogs]



Princess Alexandra and the search dogs with their handlers
The dogs searched the bomb attack sites for secondary devices

Police sniffer dogs who searched for explosives in the aftermath of the 7 July bombings have been honoured.

Labradors Vinnie and Billy, and Jake, a spaniel, were awarded the animals' George Cross on behalf of the 14 dogs and their handlers who worked that day.

Princess Alexandra, a patron of People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) gave the gold medals at a special ceremony at St James's Palace.

The dogs were on duty when a car bomb was found at Haymarket, central London.

'Unsung heroes'

The dogs were deployed to locate possible secondary terrorist devices at the four bomb attack sites on 7 July 2005.

They checked access was safe for emergency services, who were preparing to assist those left trapped or injured.

Earlier praising their contribution Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, said: "I would like to pay tribute to all those who were involved in the rescue effort that day who behaved calmly and courageously, including the handlers and their dogs."

Freddie Bircher, chairman of PDSA, said: "They worked fearlessly and in perfect unison searching for possible secondary devices.

Every working day I put my trust in Billy and he has never let me down
Billy's handler Pc Rob Brydon-Brown

"These police explosive search dogs have been the unsung heroes of that tragic day and now it's their turn for the spotlight."

British Transport Police dog Vinnie was deployed at Russell Square Tube site where he searched the tunnel to King's Cross.

His handler Pc Dave Coleman said: "Despite horrific conditions, Vinnie never wavered. I was so proud of him."

Metropolitan Police dog Jake, whose formal name is Hubble Keck, searched the wreckage of the suicide bombed double decker bus at Tavistock Square.

His handler Pc Bob Crawford said: "The initial concern was for the injured passengers still on the bus... we suspected there was a secondary device in a box on the luggage rack."

City of London Police dog Billy searching the tunnel in Aldgate in poor visibility and oppressive heat and attended 21 locations throughout the day in response to security alerts.

His handler Pc Rob Brydon-Brown said: "Billy is a good lad... every working day I put my trust in Billy and he has never let me down."

The PDSA gold medal is generally awarded to animals who are "instrumental in saving human or animal life".
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