Former senior police officer ‘delighted’ with MBE honour

Rev Campbell Dixon.
Rev Campbell Dixon.
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The former manager of Newtownabbey District Policing Partnership has been awarded the MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Rev Campbell Dixon, who managed the Partnership from its inception in 2003 until his retirement in 2011, receives the award for services to the community.

The Jordanstown man, who is originally from the Ballymena area, served in the RUC and PSNI for more than 30 years.

Rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent, he spent six years in charge of policing in Newtownabbey and two as Area Commander in Castlereagh. He took on the role of DPP manager in 2003 following his retirement from the PSNI.

Mr Dixon, who is married to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council chief executive Jacqui Dixon, found out he’d be receiving the MBE a couple of weeks ago when a letter arrived from the Cabinet Office.

“I suspect I know who it was that nominated me, but I can’t say for sure,” he told the Times.

“I was a bit surprised, but very, very pleased. I was really delighted. It’s great that my family will get to share in it too.”

The 68-year-old is proud of the work carried out by Newtownabbey DPP - now the Policing and Community Safety Partnership - and modestly points to his MBE as recognition of the organisation’s efforts and achievements.

“I think this is affirmation of the work of the District Policing Partnership and you just say to yourself ‘Why me?’

“I was proud to be the manager of the DPP and I’m very proud of the work it did from it was set up in 2003. It helped build very positive and productive relationships between the public, the police and the various other agencies,” he added.

Rev Dixon, who was ordained in 2007, served as curate at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Jordanstown, for over four years before he moved to St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, in 2011.

As well as carrying out his pastoral duties within the Church, he also volunteers his time in local schools, helping children through the ‘Time to Read’ project.