Former Eastbourne Police commander Dick Barton has been awarded an international award to add to his collection of silverware.
Dick was presented with the Indonesian Police Medal of Honour at a ceremony last week at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement in Semarang in Indonesia.
He is a former Divisional Commander for East Sussex Policing Division and although he retired from Sussex Police in 2009 has worked with international law enforcement in places as diverse as Rwanda, Iraq, Ethiopia, Uganda and Indonesia.
The medal, endorsed by the president of Indonesia, was awarded by Brigadier General Soepartini of the Indonesian National Police to Dick, for his services whilst he was capacity and capability building for the Indonesian National Police over a three year period from 2009. The Indonesian National Police has some 200,000 members.
Dick, who lives in Eastbourne, said, “I have been proud to have been part of this three year project in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Union.
“Working with District Commanders and law enforcement leaders abroad is a rewarding, if sometimes challenging experience”
Kurt Eyre from the UK College of Policing in Hampshire, who was also involved with the scheme, said, “The project is seen as an overall success for the law enforcement partners involved and is a flagship model for international involvement by UK policing.”
Being recognised for his work in law enforcement is something Dick is becoming accustomed to.
In 2007 Dick was presented with a medal for his service in war torn Iraq.
He received the Iraq Civilian Medal for his service as the Chief UK Police Advisor in Iraq between March 2006 and March 2007.
Seconded to the Home Office, he was responsible for training Iraqi police recruits in Basra and Baghdad.
He also co-ordinated investigations of crimes against EDO, a manufacturer of military arms in Brighton.