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Officer honoured for Iraq role
Northern Ireland policeman Stephen White
Stephen White spent six months setting up policing in Basra
A senior police officer who played a key role in setting up policing structures in southern Iraq has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Stephen White, 49, was nearly killed in a bomb attack during his six months in Basra as Director of Law and Order.

Assistant Chief Constable White was among 42 on the list from Northern Ireland, which also included the Reverend Roy Magee, who helped negotiate loyalist ceasefires in 1994.

Senior civil servant Chris MacCabe gets a CB, the highest award in the province.

What I have done is about not being afraid to lead from the front in difficult and dangerous situations
Stephen White
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Mr White was the commanding officer in charge of the security operation at the controversial Drumcree parade in Portadown for a number of years.

He has considerable international policing experience, having previously overseen policing reforms in Serbia, Mongolia and Indonesia.

He is currently on a 12-month secondment directing a UK-wide senior leadership course, following his six months setting up the only police academy in Iraq where recruits are trained by civilian officers.

"What I have done is about not being afraid to lead from the front in difficult and dangerous situations," he said.

"This is all about recognition of 25 years working with some of the best and most dedicated police officers around in the RUC and then PSNI."

MBEs were awarded to fellow police officers Superintendent David Hamilton, currently serving as head of the Police College in Basra, and community safety officer Constable Drew Hamilton.

Three officers receive the Queen's Police Medal, including Chief Superintendent Maggie Hunter.

Reverend Roy Magee
I think it is an acknowledgement of many people like myself who are working towards making Northern Ireland a better place for their children and grandchildren
Reverend Roy Magee
The first female head of Special Branch, Ms Hunter was honoured for her service to policing.

The Reverend Roy Magee, who was awarded an OBE for public service, said his award was recognition for all those attempting to stop the violence.

He negotiated with loyalist paramilitaries to secure their 1994 ceasefires, and is also closely involved in efforts to stop trouble flaring at interface areas in Belfast.

The retired Presbyterian minister said he felt honoured by the award, but did not consider it to be a personal achievement.

"I think it is an acknowledgement of many people like myself who are working towards making Northern Ireland a better place for their children and grandchildren," he said.

"People like community workers who work tirelessly on the interfaces and who contributed towards a very peaceful summer last year."

Highest honour

Civil servant Chris MacCabe received the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).

Since 2000, he has worked as the British Joint Secretary of the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.

Veteran Belfast Telegraph photographer Roy Smyth received an MBE for a career spanning half a century of Northern Ireland history.

Newtownabbey man Tom McCluskie, the former archive manager for Harland & Wolff, was awarded an MBE for services to maritime history.

Mr McCluskie has written prolifically about the Titanic and was Harland & Wolff's Technical Liaison in the production of James Cameron's Titanic movie.

Figures from business also appear with Albert Harrison, Belfast International Airport's managing director receiving an OBE.




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BBC NI's Maggie Swarbrick reports
"Assistant Chief Constable Stephen White of the PSNI spent a year as a senior police adviser in Iraq"



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