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UK: First female Muslim police officer in Queen's honours

A Guildford woman has become the first female Muslim police officer to be included in the Queen’s honours.

Nikki Hubbard, a detective constable with the Metropolitan Police in Westminster, was appointed MBE for her services to charity in the New Year Honours list.

Mrs Hubbard joined the police in 2006, having previously run her own management business. She changed career when someone she knew was the victim of domestic abuse.

After completing her initial training, Mrs Hubbard worked for the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) lead for honour based violence and forced marriages (HBV). She helped develop the national police response to HBV.

She also worked closely with the ACPO lead on domestic abuse, and sat on a steering group for violence on women's strategy and tackling perpetrators.

Following the murder of Banaz Mahmod in south London in 2006, Mrs Hubbard produced a training DVD called Her Choice, Your Duty to Protect, which was ratified by ACPO and used as a national police training tool.

She was also instrumental in setting up the Karma Nirvana’s Survivors Network.

She said: “I’m honoured to receive this award for the work I do. I love being in the police and making a difference.

“As a first generation Muslim woman I can see how important it is that everyone in society is represented.

“It is through my work with the police that I have become involved in setting up the survivors network for victims of honour based violence.

“Outside of work I am a champion for raising awareness about breast cancer amongst Asian women, which I became involved with because of the impact the disease has had on my family.”

Mrs Hubbard is a trustee for the Development In Literacy Trust UK. The charity supports 200 schools in rural parts of Pakistan and in the UK, concentrating on girls' education, as well as supporting mothers whose children are failing in education and funding projects for terminally ill children.

Mrs Hubbard is married to a serving police inspector, Andrew Hubbard, and has two daughters, Zara and Kira.

source:ABNA