A DETECTIVE constable from Rhoose, who was once stabbed in the line of duty, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

55-year-old Graham Colin Budd has been recognised for his South Wales Police role and his services to community policing in Cardiff.

The constable, who retires on December 31, 2019, is a tenacious officer who has frequently demonstrated acts of bravery by tackling those responsible for serious and organised crime and reducing harm to the community.

As one of the first officers in Cardiff to qualify as an expert witness regarding drug misuse, his technical knowledge has been invaluable, helping secure the convictions of hundreds of offenders with significant sentences.

Recognising that 80 per cent of the frontline response team are officers with less than three years’ service, he undertook a mentor role supporting the continual professional development of junior colleagues, delivering drugs awareness training, providing guidance on investigative plans and setting the standard for new officers to aspire to in an exceptionally challenging operational environment.

He volunteered to become a nationally accredited public order intelligence officer with a speciality in covert and overt tactics in countering football violence and in 2009 he received a chief constables certificate of commendation in recognition of his bravery during the aftermath of a Cardiff City football match where he personally confronted a group of football hooligans intent on violence defusing a potentially serious public order situation.

His lead from the front approach has placed him in danger on numerous occasions, most recently in September 2017 when intelligence was received of a County Lines gang operating out of an address in Cardiff.

During the drugs raid he confronted an armed suspect who was fleeing the rear of the property and was stabbed with a triple bladed dagger suffering a significant wound to his shoulder.

Despite his injury, he went to his colleague’s aid, restraining the suspect until further support arrived.

He displayed extreme bravery during this incident placing his colleague’s welfare above his own ensuring that the suspect was successfully detained they were later convicted of a number of offences and received a substantial jail term.

From his early career as a probationary constable he distinguished himself as a dynamic and courageous officer who did not shy away from confronting criminals or the danger this placed him in.

His sustained career within this field is punctuated by numerous commendations emphasising his contribution to policing the City of Cardiff.

Despite the on-duty injuries he has sustained over the years, he served as a frontline officer while coping with a level of permanent disability.

Speaking about his award, DC Budd said: “I’m very humbled by it.

“It’s part of the job with the police force and I feel privileged that they picked me.

“I feel this is not so much a recognition of myself as of everyone I’ve worked with.”

Speaking about the stabbing he added: “What happened to me could have happened to anyone.

“We are a team and this recognition is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Responding to the Honours announcement, chief constable Matt Jukes said: “DC Graham Budd has been part of tackling the terrible effects of drugs and organised crime in our communities for many years.

“As an expert witness and an experienced investigator, he has remained in the thick of that work across his long service.

“His courage to do this saw him stabbed in a terrible attack whilst undertaking a drugs raid and it is testament to Graham that after recovering, he was back, doing the work he loves.

“I now wish him the very best for his well-deserved retirement.”