A member of British Transport Police has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as part of her Birthday Honours.

Elizabeth McWhirter, from Darwen, works at the BTP as its force resources manager in Birmingham and has been recognised for services to policing and public safety.

Ms McWhirter played a significant role in the planning of the BTP’s response throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to safeguard critical rail services and is highly regarded within the force as an individual who is totally committed to supporting her frontline colleagues.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther CBE, said: “I’m very proud to see the hard work of BTP officers and staff recognised by Her Majesty as part of her Birthday Honours.

"Each colleague has showcased the very best in British policing, serving the public to the very highest standard and this recognition is well deserved.

“Liz has displayed leadership, selflessness and an unwavering commitment to ensuring that the millions of people travelling on Britain’s railway can do so safely.

"She should be extremely proud of her achievement and I am delighted that she has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.”

Ms McWhirter, said: “It is an absolute honour and privilege for me to accept this award and whilst it is an individual award I am always extremely grateful for the leadership, support and friendship I receive from all of my professional and extremely hard-working colleagues within BTP.

“An extra special thank you to whoever nominated me for this award and I am very much looking forward to finally sharing this secret with my family and friends.”