Detective Chief Inspector awarded Queen’s Police Medal

Detective Chief Inspector awarded Queen’s Police Medal

Published: Monday, 16 June
Camden-based Detective Chief Inspector David Shipperlee received the prestigious award following 43 years of service.

David Shipperlee

Chief Constable Paul Crowther praised the hard work and dedication of Detective Chief Inspector David Shipperlee, saying: "It gives me enormous pleasure to congratulate Dave on his award which is richly deserved given his outstanding service with both BTP and the Metropolitan Police Service. With his relentless determination, spirit and courage, Dave stands as an exceptional example to other officers and is a huge credit to BTP and the police service as a whole.”

Originally from London and now residing in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, 62-year-old father-of-three David first joined the police service in December 1970 aged 19 after two years working in the City.

David said: “This award was completely unexpected and comes after a lengthy period of service, and I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised in this way. I would like to pay special tribute to my family who have always supported me through many years of hard work."

Starting out as a Police Constable at the Metropolitan Police Service, David spent six years patrolling the beat in Kentish Town before attaining the rank of Detective Chief Inspector in 1992. His prominence as a senior investigator resulted in assuming responsibility for numerous murder investigations between 1990 and 2000 in London, and he also worked closely with the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), on both the murder of a British tourist in Kenya 1990, and the murder of the Sri Lankan Opposition leader in 1992.

David’s increasingly high profile and distinguished reputation as a professional and dedicated detective led to his selection to manage murders and serious organised crime in central London.

He volunteered to perform the role of the inaugural Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) for Operation Trident, and spent several years enhancing relationships between the police and hard to reach communities which were based on trust and confidence. He retired from MPS in 2001 looked for a new challenge within policing by joining British Transport Police.

Less than a year into his tenure with BTP, David was assigned as one of the leading investigators into the Potters Bar rail crash in 2002, and has worked tirelessly over the last 12 years to influence and improve working practices at every turn. He has identified numerous development opportunities for BTP in relation to the professionalism of Family Liaison Officers, resulting in an enhanced service for bereaved families and the general public. 

He is held in high esteem by officers of all rank and members of staff who have come to rely on David for his wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as his supportive and engaging manner.


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