17 June 2016
An experienced National Crime Agency officer has spoken of being “surprised and deeply proud” after receiving Royal recognition – just before his birthday.
Stuart Copley said he was delighted to be made an MBE, for services to law enforcement following a 42-year career. The news is set to prompt a double celebration for the officer, who celebrates his birthday on 18 June.
Stuart has been with the NCA from its outset where he has been focused on crucial overseas work – and the relentless pursuit of serious and organised criminals on the international stage.
He is passionate about liaising with other organisations and has played an important role in enhancing the agency’s reputation with partners. He said: “I always wanted to work overseas and it has fulfilled all expectations.”
With a wealth of experience to bring to the role, Stuart started his career in 1975 with West Midlands Police, becoming a regular officer after spending some of his teenage years as a cadet.
He served in uniformed roles before progressing to become a career detective – leaving the force in 1998 to join the National Crime Squad and SOCA before transitioning into the NCA.
Stuart said of his MBE: “I never dreamed that I would receive anything like this recognition.
“I was surprised and extremely shocked when I found out – I’d like to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support over the years. A piece of this award belongs to them.”
NCA Director General Lynne Owens said: “Stuart’s great breadth of experience in policing and wider law enforcement is matched by an outstanding public service record of more than 40 years – I congratulate him on being made an MBE.
“I hope he enjoys celebrating his award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, particularly it coincides with his own birthday.”