New Year’s honour for former police officer who grew up in Colburn

Phil Cain.

North Yorkshire Police former Deputy Chief Constable, Phil Cain, has been recognised for his services to policing in the King’s New Year’s Honours List.

Mr Cain, who grew up in Colburn, will receive the King’s Police Medal for his services to policing.

He joined the force in 2001 following a 13-year career in the RAF and retired in January last year.

Mr Cain is half Chinese and grew up in social housing.

He has previously told how he believes how he ‘broke through the glass ceiling’ to become a high ranking officer.

North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, Lisa Winward, said she delighted at the recognition for the retired officer.

“During his time at North Yorkshire Police he was an inspiration and role model of diversity.

“He led on and played an instrumental role in national work to improve internal confidence in UK policing with officers and staff from ethnic minorities.

“He led change in leadership culture and in how internal police investigations into misconduct are carried out across the country.

“In addition to this, he gave immense support to colleagues of all levels. He was a valuable mentor to many people with a personal dedication and drive to proving that background should not ever be a barrier to progression and success.

“We are really proud of Phil for all of his achievements and delighted to see him recognised with this award.”