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Representatives from justice system among those at Oxford proclamation for King Charles

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 11, 2022

Former city police commander Joe Kidman paid tribute to the Queen's 'constant and faithful' service as he joined Sunday's proclamation celebrations.

The senior officer joined the police almost three decades ago and has three Queen's Jubilee medals on his breast – in addition to a long service award.

Now head of governance and service improvement at Thames Valley Police, he was previously Oxford city police commander – based at St Aldates police station.

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Together with Assistant Chief Constable Tim Metcalfe, he represented the police at the proclamation event on Sunday afternoon.

He told the Oxford Mail: “It was a real honour to be present on the day of the King’s proclamation and a reminder as we think of Her Majesty the Queen, as a Crown servant, [of] our responsibility to serve the people, following the example of Her Majesty, who served so constantly and faithfully over 70 years.”

Also representing the criminal – and civil – justice system was James Macnamara JP.

The chairman of the Oxfordshire magistracy said: “It’s an honour to represent the bench at such a historic occasion.

"We’re here to represent justice as part of civil society.”

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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