A senior officer at West Midlands Police has received a national award after being highlighted as a role model in public service.
Chief Superintendent Bas Javid of Solihull Police was named uniformed services person of the year in the British Muslim Awards.
He was selected ahead of other emergency services and military personnel; receiving the honour at a ceremony attended by more than 400 people in Leicester last week.
Bas joined West Midlands Police as Detective Chief Inspector in 2007; having spent 13 years at Avon & Somerset after starting as a beat bobby.
He was previously with the Royal Navy and his military service included the Persian Gulf War – for which he received a commendation for teamwork and bravery.
During his time with WMP he has risen through the ranks while based in Sandwell and Birmingham before becoming Chief Supt at Solihull last year.
Bas said: “It was a huge honour just to be nominated and I am extremely proud to have won the award.
“I feel privileged to be a Chief Superintendent at West Midlands Police and work alongside such dedicated and committed teams.
“WMP is such a diverse force with staff from many different, cultural backgrounds which is also something I take great pride in.
“This is something WMP is committed to and hopefully there will be more people from the force who win this award in the future.”
WMP already has the second highest number of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff in the country and is committed to attracting, developing and retaining staff from diverse backgrounds.
The force was a pioneer in recruiting from different cultures – celebrating 50 years since its first recruits from black and asian backgrounds last autumn.
WMP also has a Positive Action programme which actively encourages people across all communities to apply for roles in the organisation.
Source:: West Midlands Police News