Senior Dorset Officer Receives Queen's Police Medal
2:00pm 19th June 2012
Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, who has lead responsibility for delivery of the 2012 security operation, has been recognised for distinguished service following a 30-year career in policing.
On receiving the news, ACC Whiting said: ”I am immensely humbled to have been honoured in this way.
“It remains a very great privilege to have the opportunity to work with the terrific people in the Force, and with those from further afield in respect of certain command roles I have been able to undertake. In truth any recognition should surely be theirs.
“Throughout my service I have been hugely indebted to my wife Julia and our family for all of their support.”
ACC Adrian Whiting joined the Metropolitan Police in 1982 and has served in both Hampshire Constabulary (1999-2003) and Dorset Police (2003 – present), maintaining his operational knowledge and skills through regular patrol duties.
As a qualified police motorcyclist, ACC Whiting gives wide-ranging support to the National Bike Safe Team and is prominent both nationally and regionally in promoting motorcycle safety. For a number of years he was instrumental in Dorset’s ongoing multi-agency road safety campaign, which has contributed to a significant reduction in people killed or seriously injured in road collisions in the county.
As Gold Commander for ‘Government of the Day’ Labour Party Conferences in 2003 and 2007, and the 2004 and 2006 Conservative Party Conferences (all in Bournemouth), he has extensive experience running successful, high-profile national public order events. His advice and support is also highly sought after by other conference commanders and their forces.
ACC Whiting leads as Gold Commander for Olympic and Paralympic safety and security in Dorset during the 2012 Games’ sailing events – the biggest operation ever run by the Force. He is leading the Olympic operational planning and pre-games exercises, coordinating this with the national planning effort. Between 19 and 23 May this year he was personally responsible for commanding and coordinating the highly successful safety and security of Phase One of the Olympic Torch Relay from Lands End and its subsequent journey through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire before reaching Gloucestershire on 23 May.
ACC Whiting leads regionally on a number of collaboration projects including secure online applications and payments for firearms licenses, a regional system for management of police firearms, road policing and air support. He has been highly influential at a national level in firearms control and licensing, and from 2006 – 2011 he chaired the ACPO Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group (FELWG), having initially joined as Vice-Chair in 2003.
In May 2006 ACC Whiting became the ACPO lead for the Police National Search Centre, which is the sole authorised provider of training in counter-terrorism search techniques to the UK police service. He remains the ACPO national lead for counter-terrorism searches.
ACC Whiting has been Gold Commander of Dorset’s Casualty Bureau response to several national and international disaster relief efforts, including the Boscastle flooding in August 2004, the Asian Tsunami in December 2004, the Sharm el-Sheikh bombings in July 2005 and the London terrorist bombings in July 2007.
Dorset Police Chief Constable, Martin Baker, said: “Never has an Honour been more deserved.
“Throughout his service Adrian has earned and maintained the highest levels of personal respect from his colleagues and he is nationally recognised as a consummate professional, as was recently demonstrated by his flawless command of the Olympic Torch Relay policing operation across the South West Region.
“Inevitably, Adrian's devotion to duty has meant that his wife Julia and their three children have at times paid a heavy price in terms of Adrian's absence from family occasions. I know that Adrian would be the first to say that his Honour is theirs also.”
Chairman of the Dorset Police Authority, Michael Taylor, said: “On behalf of all Members and Officers of the Authority, I congratulate Adrian on a very well deserved award.
“He has made a significant contribution during his many years of distinguished service and it is pleasing to see that this has been appropriately recognised.”