Queen’s Birthday Honours

Friday 8th June 2018

Three senior West Yorkshire Police officers have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins is awarded a CBE, for services to policing and to the British Association of Women in Policing, Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain is awarded an MBE for services to West Yorkshire Police and to charity and Chief Superintendent Paul Money is awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Services to Policing.

“I am really touched by the recognition, which I regard as a huge complement to all women in policing and to their male colleagues who support them. It shows how far we have come,” said the Chief Constable, who is Chair of the British Association of Women in Policing and national lead on gender and equality for the Police Chiefs’ Council.

“I’m grateful that West Yorkshire Police and wider police service are being recognised for their willingness and commitment to being more representative and inclusive. Greater diversity is key to our future policing needs and I encourage people from all backgrounds to look at what modern policing can offer as a career.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said

“I am delighted that Dee, Mabs and Paul have been recognised for their very significant contributions to UK policing, diversity and charitable work. I know how passionate they all are about serving the communities of West Yorkshire and I want to warmly congratulate them all on receiving their very well deserved honours.

“Dee came to West Yorkshire with a great deal of experience and understanding of policing issues. During her time here she has worked extensively on the wellbeing of police officers and staff, creating an inclusive culture and championing women in policing as well as promoting diversity to ensure our police force better represents the communities we serve. She is dedicated to keeping our county safe and feeling safe, and has done all this while West Yorkshire Police has faced unprecedented financial challenges and competing demands.

“Having known Paul and Mabs for a number of years, they personify what West Yorkshire Police stands for in working tirelessly to improve the lives of people across our communities with the upmost dedication, integrity and passion. They have my sincere thanks and appreciation for all that they do and again I am delighted for them, their families and West Yorkshire Police as a whole that they have received such recognition.”

Wakefield District Commander Chief Superintendent Hussain also work extensively with a number of charities.

“I was both surprised and absolutely humbled to have even been nominated by the community and the charities who I have the pleasure of working with, to be recognised for my contribution to them and West Yorkshire Police, is an absolute privilege” said Mabs.

“This is not just recognition for me, but for the excellent work done on a daily basis by incredible people in our communities, these charities and colleagues across policing.”

West Yorkshire Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “Mabs is an outstanding leader. Despite his significant work commitments as a District Commander, he still makes time to volunteer and help the less fortunate through his excellent charity work. This is very deserved recognition.”

Chief Superintendent Paul Money has been Leeds District Commander since 2011. He is the senior officer responsible for policing in Leeds, West Yorkshire Police’s largest of its 5 policing districts.

“Being awarded the QPM, having been nominated by my peers,  is one of the many highlights of my career and I see it as recognition not just of me and what I’ve achieved, but the team around me. The officers and staff of Leeds District are some of the finest people anyone could wish to lead, they do an incredible job every day and I am very proud of them, Said Chief Supt Money.

“It is an incredibly challenging District to police at times, with more than 2000 officers, police staff and volunteers covering neighbourhood policing, serious crime, safeguarding and response policing, regularly dealing with more than 200 crimes and over 600 calls for service every single day.

Despite all the pressures,  it goes without saying that I feel extremely privileged to lead District policing working with my colleagues to keep people as safe as possible in Leeds and to do so for such a long time .”

Chief Constable Dee Collins said “Paul has done an incredible job, managing a police district which is larger than some police Force areas.

“His calm and thoughtful approach, coupled with a real depth of knowledge not just of policing, but of the area he serves, has been a massive asset to West Yorkshire Police.”


Chief Constable Dee Collins

Dee Collins

Dee Collins has been a police officer for 30 years, the majority of which has been in uniformed operational roles.

She joined West Yorkshire Police in January 2014 as Deputy Chief Constable and became Temporary Chief Constable in June 2014. She was appointed Chief Constable in November 2016.

Dee is from Lymm in Cheshire and attended school and university in Manchester, where she gained a BSc Jt Hons in Metallurgy and Mechanical Engineering.

Her policing career started in 1987 with Cleveland Police, where she quickly specialised in roads policing and became their first female armed response officer. Working her way up through the ranks to Superintendent, Dee worked as an operational Sergeant, Inspector and Operations Manager and also gained experience in training, as a Chief Constable’s Staff Officer and in Professional Standards. She was also a Police Federation representative as an Inspector and in 2000 was seconded overseas to Germany where she worked at EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

In August 2005, Dee joined Cumbria Constabulary as Commander of their South Basic Command Unit, leading on policing in Barrow and Kendal, as well as the Lake District National Park areas of Windermere, Ambleside and Coniston. She was also the Force’s gender champion, led on internal staff support matters and was the Branch Secretary of Cumbria Superintendents’ Association. 

Dee joined Derbyshire Police in April 2007 as Assistant Chief Constable Support and held the portfolio for human resources, confidence and equality, contact management and criminal justice.   

In January 2010, she was seconded to the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) as a Syndicate Director for the 2010 Strategic Command Course, returning to Derbyshire Constabulary as ACC Operational Support. This portfolio included operational support, contact management, criminal justice, Special Constables and volunteers. Dee also led on firearms, roads policing and air support matters regionally. Nationally she led on age issues and was a member of the National Armed Policing Working Group.

In 2013, Dee was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her contribution towards British Policing as well as the Annual Award for Mentoring by the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP) of which she is currently President, and International Association of Women in Policing (IAWP).

As Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Dee is the Air Certificate holder for the National Police Air Service, and also oversees Regional Assets including the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, the Regional Organised Crime Unit and the Regional Scientific Support Service. 

She is a keen fitness enthusiast which includes skiing, walking and regular training at the gym.


Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain

Mabs Hussain

Mabs joined West Yorkshire Police in 1996 and was initially posted to Bradford, the city where he was born and raised. 

During his career, he has served in all ranks as a detective, from Detective Constable to Detective Chief Inspector, across the Force area, investigating complex and serious crime. 

In 2011 Mabs was posted to a strategic HQ posting within ‘local policing’. He was promoted to Superintendent in 2012 and worked directly to the Chief Officer Team as the Head of Force Performance, as well as being force lead for Integrated Offender Management and mental health.

In 2013 he was posted to Leeds District, which is broadly considered to be the largest single Police Command Unit outside of London, as Head of Neighbourhood Operations. 

There, he led the amalgamation of three Basic Command Unit front line, neighbourhood policing and crime functions, a change project unprecedented in size and complexity. 

Mabs became temporary Leeds District Commander in 2015, during which time he had responsibility for managing the impact of the horrific attempted murder and rape in Beeston Leeds committed by Zdenko Turtak.

The following year, Mabs was promoted to Chief Superintendent as District Commander for Wakefield and has responsibility for the delivery of local policing across Wakefield District with a budget of £29.5m serving 332,000 residents across a geographically large and diverse policing area and has command responsibility of over 700 police officers, staff and volunteers.

Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain has received three Commendations for his exceptional contribution to policing, his exemplary conduct and leadership in two murder investigations and recently by a Chief Officer for his work on diversity. In addition to his demanding role, he developed an Inclusion Strategy which addresses the issue of recruitment, retention and progression of under-represented groups. Creating the cultural shift in thinking has proven to be difficult and his work has been recognised nationally.

In March 2018 Mabs graduated from the College of Policing Strategic Command Course qualifying him to the Chief Officer rank and was nominated by his peers to deliver the graduation speech.  As a Chief Officer of Assistant Chief Constable and above he will be 1 of only 2 Muslim officers at this rank nationally.    Mabs is looking to secure a role as an Assistant Chief Constable in the very near future.

Mabs volunteers with three national charities.  Driven to improve opportunities for those less fortunate, he began volunteering in 2010 as a mentor for Mosaic, a charity founded by HRH Prince of Wales and was immediately asked to join the Regional leadership Board.

He innovatively created a prison mentoring programme for Mosaic which sees volunteers mentoring Muslim prisoners. Incredibly 130 mentors are trained and over 100 offenders have been supported.

For six years, he has been an ambassador for the charity White Ribbon Campaign, which works to end violence against women and girls, whom he has worked closely with to support a number of local authority areas attaining ‘White Ribbon’ accreditation.

He is also a regional board member for the ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ charity, which educates on the consequences of hate.


Chief Superintendent Paul Money

Paul Money

The son of a miner, who was on strike in the 1984-85 miners’ strike when Paul joined West Yorkshire Police as a cadet, he was raised from a young age  in the south Leeds areas of Middleton and Beeston.

Chief Superintendent Money has been promoted to the post after serving as Superintendent in the City and Holbeck Division since March 2009.

His early career was predominantly spent working in CID where he rose through the ranks to Detective Inspector level including a period within the Force Major Crime Unit investigating serious and organised crime .

Following a period working directly for the Chief Constable in 2008, Paul moved to the North West Leeds Division, where he led neighbourhood policing and he also graduated from Leeds University with an MSc in Criminology.

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