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Queen’s award for Cypriot SBA police officer

Kiteos (right) pictured during a charity football tournament alongside CBF, Maj Gen Richard Cripwell and local children

The SBA Police’s Acting Chief Superintendent George Kiteos has been awarded the Overseas Territories Police and Fire Service Medal by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List, making him the first Cypriot to have ever received such an award.
Kiteos, currently the highest ranking Cypriot police officer working in the SBAs, was given the award after serving the force with distinction since joining up as an 18 year old in 1985.
His work during the opening ceremony of Cyprus accepting the EU Presidency at Curium in 2012, where he took command of more than 200 SBA Police officers and had responsibility for 400 Cyprus Police officers, was highlighted as one of the reasons he was given the award, an announcement from the bases said on Thursday.
“His standing within the local community, where he is active as a police officer in forging closer relationships between the police and the public and his outstanding charity work ethic, were also cited as key contributing factors in him receiving the prestigious honour.”
Speaking about the award himself, the Acting Chief Superintendent said it was a great honour to have been given the awarded “and to be the first Cypriot to receive it is very humbling”.
“I actually received a call from President Anastasiades when I was at home to congratulate me which was a huge surprise. He told me he was proud of me and that I had made the whole of Cyprus proud and that means so much to me.”
Also, SBA Police Divisional Commander in the ESBA, Jim Guy, received the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours List and for his outstanding service to policing.
SBA Police Chief Constable Mick Matthews paid tribute to both men: “On behalf of the whole force I wish to formally congratulate both officers on this excellent achievement and very well deserved recognition.”

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