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OBE for championing women police
Julie Spence Cambs chief constable
Julie Spence champions the role of women in British policing
A chief constable has been awarded an OBE for championing the role of women.

Julie Spence, 50, became acting chief constable of Cambridgeshire last June and chief constable in December.

Her citation refers to the successful handling of complex and contentious organisational issues at Cambs, Thames Valley, and Avon and Somerset forces.

It said: "Her leadership of the gender agenda and the British Association for Women in Policing has been a major driver of equality in policing."

At Thames Valley Police, where she worked before moving to Cambridgeshire as deputy chief constable in 2004, she led an operation to protect Heathrow airport, in partnership with the Metropolitan and Surrey forces.

Royalty protection

She was also praised for her handling of the Thames Valley policing operation at the Queen Mother's funeral.

Mrs Spence, who lives in Cambridge, described the OBE as a great honour.

She said: "I am particularly pleased that the work I and others have done to advance British policing and the role of women in policing has been recognised in this way."

Her professional career includes working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) terrorism and allied matters committee on royalty and VIP protection and counter terrorism tactics.

Graham Broom, 52, head of IS/IT at Cambridgeshire Police will receive an MBE marking his services to policing.

Mr Broom, a member of the force's executive board, oversees the force's information management strategy and is an adviser to the Acpo terrorism committee.

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