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 Chief Constable's Commendation for volunteer of 37 years


​A man who has dedicated almost four decades of his life to improving relations between minority groups and the police has been honoured with a commendation.

For the past 37 years, Mohammed Sadiq has worked tirelessly to improve community relations with Durham Constabulary by volunteering his time to offer training and advice for officers of all ranks and by founding a number of important strategic groups.

In 1983, he helped to form the Darlington Police Liaison Committee, with support from the Mayor of Darlington at the time, Councillor Philip Stamford-Bewley, Chief Superintendent Bill Grundy, Chief Inspector Don Moody and Dr Mohammad Quader. 

Mr Sadiq was appointed as the group’s vice chair, which was based at a church in North Lodge Terrace, in Darlington.

Due to increasing racial tension between community groups, the Darlington and Durham Racial Equality Council was then launched, with Mr Sadiq made vice chairman. 

He was later appointed vice chair of the force’s Independent Advisory Group – a position which he still holds - which scrutinises the force’s practices, policies and procedures from a community perspective.

He also remains an active member of the Darlington Unity Group, which brings different members of the community together with police and the council to discuss any concerns or issues they may have.

His Chief Constable’s Commendation was presented at a meeting of the Unity Group by Deputy Chief Constable Dave Orford.

DCC Orford said: “It is an absolute privilege to be able to honour Mr Sadiq’s tireless contribution to making County Durham and Darlington a better place for minority groups, all of which he has done in his own time as a volunteer.

“Throughout his time working alongside the force, Mr Sadiq has become an extremely valued and well-respected member of the community. He has made a great number of friends within the police force, who he has challenged when he needed to, all for the betterment of community relations. This commendation is thoroughly well-deserved.” 

During his time volunteering with Durham Constabulary, Mr Sadiq has worked with a number of senior officers who he wished to thank, including former Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks and former Chief Inspectors Ray Richardson and Chris Reeves.

Mr Sadiq said: “I just don’t know how I can forget all these great personalities. After spending 37 years of my life with them all I can say is wherever they are, we wish them all a very happy and healthy life.” 

He was also presented with a special award by Graham Hall and Councillor Jonathan Dulston on behalf of Darlington Borough Council.