West Midlands Police constable Su Handford completes a remarkable husband and wife double in today’s New Year Honour’s list.

The 48-year-old officer, who works in intelligence at Lloyd House headquarters in Birmingham, receives the Queen’s Police Medal.

She joined the West Midlands Police Cadets in 1976 before becoming an officer and has been awarded 12 commendations.

Su, who began at Kings Heath and worked for 12 years as a traffic officer at the Central Traffic Unit in Park Lane, Aston, works as an intelligence analyst at police HQ.

She is married to retired West Midlands Police inspector Paul Handford, himself awarded an MBE in 2006 for distinguished service.

He was given the gong for his work in the new style “neighbourhood” policing which was pioneered in Quinton.

On hearing of her award Su said: “I am really, really proud but I can’t understand it. Like so many of my colleagues, I have just been doing my job over the years to the best of my ability.”