17 June 2017
An experienced officer who has been involved some of the NCA’s most high-profile operations has said he is “stunned” at being made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Maritime specialist Eamon Fanning has overseen recent record seizures of firearms, worked tireless to counter organised immigration crime and dealt a blow to drugs traffickers. Some of his most professionally rewarding years had been spent with the agency, he said.
His teams’ extraordinary operational results have included the seizure of automatic weapons imported by boat in Kent and three tonnes of cocaine from a tug off the coast of Scotland.
Off-duty, he volunteered for the RNLI in 2002 – he has since used his extensive experience at sea to help save lives. He receives his award for services to both law enforcement and charity.
“I was left stunned when a letter arrived telling me I was being made an MBE,” Eamon said. “But it is important to highlight that maritime operations are very much team efforts – and everyone who plays their part is integral the recent successes.
“The same team spirit is equally very much evident in the RNLI.
“It has been interesting to work within a changing law enforcement landscape – the NCA has several different priorities, ranging from firearms to organised immigration crime.”
He added: “I have never regretted my career choice. I have been in law enforcement for more than three decades now and it has been professionally fulfilling.
“My years at the NCA have been a real high point.”
NCA Director General Lynne Owens said: “Eamon has served three decades in law enforcement and a series of outstanding recent operational results are testament to his skill, and the skill of his team. We congratulate him on being made an MBE.
“His commitment to saving lives as a volunteer with the RNLI goes to show that his public service is a way of life and a true vocation.”