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BTP officer recognised with QPM


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An officer who led the operation to drive down theft on the London Underground and improve our service to victims has been recognised on the New Year Honours List.

Superintendent Matthew Wratten said he was “shocked and immensely proud” to have been awarded a Queen’s Policing Medal (QPM) for Services to Policing.

Supt Wratten joined BTP as a Constable from Kent Police in 1999 and is currently based at Central London Police Station within the Justice Department.

From 2010 to 2013, BTP saw a rise in thefts on the London Underground. Working with Transport for London, Supt Wratten developed initiatives to drive down those numbers, culminating in a 17% reduction in theft in the first year alone. That equated to nearly 3,000 fewer victims.

Colleagues said the results were testament to his “effective leadership and passion for protecting victims of crime”, and the tactics – which involved collaboration with partners, extensive media campaigns and pioneering methods – were rolled out nationwide.

Supt Wratten, who lives in Kent, found out he’d received the QPM when he was at work earlier this month.

He said: “My wife phoned and asked if I knew. I said, “know what?” and she told me. I thought she was winding me up, it’s just not something you ever expect.

“I think it’s just a really nice thing, particularly for the family. You don’t get here on your own, so it’s an award for the whole family.”

While in the role of London Superintendent, Supt Wratten introduced new measures which helped lead to a 14% reduction in overall crime and a clearer focus on victims.

He has also made effective changes within the Justice Department to enrich the service for victims of crime, and chairs the Force’s Independent Scrutiny Panel to ensure out of court disposals are used appropriately and proportionately.

Supt Wratten said: “To be honest, I just want to thank all the great colleagues – staff and officers -  that I’ve worked alongside as none of this would have been possible without their unwavering support and commitment.”

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “Superintendent Wratten personifies all the qualities that make a good officer, in that he constantly drives through changes and improvements to make sure we’re doing the best we can for victims.

“His work in the Justice Department and commitment to ensuring the victims of crime are properly supported is particularly commendable and I’m proud to call him a member of the BTP team.” 

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