11 June 2016
The achievements of a career investigator spanning some four decades have been recognised with one of the highest awards in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
NCA Temporary Deputy Director General David Armond – who started in policing with the Met in 1976 – was made a CBE in recognition of his work, particularly on the international stage.
Director General Lynne Owens paid tribute to his professionalism. “His achievements in international policing relations, where he has won respect across the law enforcement landscape, have been particularly impressive,” she added.
A passionate officer, David’s long career has seen him hold a string of senior positions in law enforcement, including Commander Serious Crime Group at New Scotland Yard in 2001.
His later roles have included leading the Child Abuse Investigation Command and Head of Homicide Investigations for London.
David joined the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) at its outset in 2006, working as Deputy Director Proceeds of Crime before becoming Deputy Director International Crime three years later.
He dealt with the overseas liaison network plus Europol and Interpol liaison units.
As the NCA was being formed in 2012, David was appointed Director Border Policing Command. He took responsibility for the Intelligence and Operations Directorate last year, and later succeeded Phil Gormley as Deputy Director General.
Officer recognised for diversity efforts
A National Crime Agency (NCA) officer who received the British Empire Medal for a law enforcement career which has seen her promote workplace diversity has dedicated the award to the colleagues she has served alongside.
Sarah Groenewegen admitted that she had to read the letter informing her of the award in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours several times before it finally sunk in.
But the officer – who has taken leading role in championing inclusion over many years – added it was “seriously something” and that she had “accepted with pride”.
Reflecting on her career, Sarah said "I can say that it was, and continues to be, an immense privilege to have worked with so many remarkable people. The passion of each one humbles me – this medal is as much for them, or it should be.”
Sarah, who has chaired NCA the Sexual Orientation and Resource group as well as being involved with diversity networks in previous agencies, pledged she would continue her work for inclusion.
NCA Director General Lynne Owens said that Sarah’s award was richly deserved.
Lynne added: “She has devoted substantial voluntary hours to leading, directing and supporting the NCA and its precursor agencies in driving forward a positive, inclusive and diverse environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual officers to contribute to the priorities set by the government to tackle serious and organised crime.”
David and Sarah are two of five agency officers receiving awards to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.