Superintendent Dave Minty of Wiltshire Police Receives Queen’s Police Medal
Superintendent Dave Minty of Wiltshire Police picked up the Queen’s Police Medal at Windsor Castle in recognition of his work in the aftermath of the Salisbry Novichok incident.
Supt Minty, chaired a tactical coordinating group after the attack, said that to be recognised for his work is “a real honour”, adding that he was “one of many people” who were involved. Reflecting on what stands out most from that time, he said: “I guess just the strangeness of it. I live and work in Salisbury in Wiltshire. Those sorts of things don’t generally happen in Salisbury in Wiltshire.
“They happen in London. So I guess that was the strangeness of it and then just how everyone, genuinely everyone, worked together to make sure that the community were as safe as possible. I’ve come away with some really strong friendships with people I probably wouldn’t have met if it hadn’t been for the incident.”
Talking about a return to more typical duties, Supt Minty said: “I think it’s nice to be back doing what we normally do. Unfortunately obviously Dawn lost her life so it was a tragic incident, but it was different and it was a challenge for us. But, yeah, to not be facing that sort of pressure on a daily basis, it’s been quite nice to get back to my normal day job.”
Supt Minty, 46, received his gong from the Princess Royal on Wednesday afternoon.