Former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sir Paul
Scott-Lee, has been presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of
Laws from the University of Wolverhampton.
was conferred in recognition of Sir Paul’s outstanding contribution
to policing within the region. It was presented at
yesterday’s (MON) official graduation ceremony for legal
studies at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
Sir Paul said he was honoured to receive the award and that he
was proud of being a Midlander. “This has special significance
coming from my home area,” he said.
He told graduates: “I am sure that the education and whole
environment of being at Wolverhampton will have helped you prepare
yourselves for whatever the future may be.”
Sir Paul was appointed Chief Constable of West Midlands Police
in September 2002, and knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in
He said: “I spent 40 years thoroughly enjoying my time as a
police officer; I would not change any of it.”
Professor Peter Waddington, Director of the University’s History
and Governance Research Institute, presented Sir Paul with his
award. He highlighted how crime had reduced by a third under Sir
Paul’s leadership and how he has been a diversity champion.
Prof Waddington, a former police officer, established the
University’s first Policing degree, launched last year with the
support of West Midlands Police.
He said: “When the University proposed to launch a pioneering
degree in policing, Sir Paul offered unstinting support.” The
degree programme promoted the values Sir Paul had embedded, he
The course is one of few available in the UK and prepares
students for a career in the force by giving them the skills they
need in a professional qualification.
For more information about the policing degree see www.wlv.ac.uk/policing
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Date issued: Wednesday 9 September 2009
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