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Britain's first Muslim policewoman in New Year Honours' List
Monday January 6, 2014 8:53 AM, IINA

The British Muslims are elated by the announcement that Nikki Hubbard, Britain's first Muslim policewoman, has also been included in the Queen New Year Honours' List.

Nikki Hubbard

"I'm honoured to receive this award for the work I do," Nikki Hubbard, a detective constable with the Metropolitan Police in Westminster, who was honoured for her services to charity in the New Year Honours' List, told Get Surrey.

"I love being in the police and making a difference," she said.

Appointed MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)), Hubbard become the first female Muslim police officer to be included in the Queen's Honours.

"As a first generation Muslim woman I can see how important it is that everyone in society is represented," she added. "It is through my work with the police that I have become involved in setting up the survivors network for victims of honour based violence."

Running a private management business, Hubbard shifted her career in 2006 to join the police.

Completing her initial training, Hubbard worked for the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) lead for honour based violence and forced marriages (HBV). She helped develop the national police response to HBV.

She also worked closely with the ACPO lead on domestic abuse, and sat on a steering group for violence on women's strategy and tackling perpetrators.

Following the murder of Banaz Mahmod in south London in 2006, Hubbard produced a training DVD called Her Choice, Your Duty to Protect, which was ratified by ACPO and used as a national police training tool.

She was also instrumental in setting up the Karma Nirvana's Survivors Network.

Away from her police career, Hubbard is a trustee for the Development In Literacy Trust UK, the charity which supports schools in UK and Pakistan.

"Outside of work I am a champion for raising awareness about breast cancer amongst Asian women, which I became involved with because of the impact the disease has had on my family," she said.

The trust focuses on girls' education, as well as supporting mothers whose children are failing in education and funding projects for terminally ill children. Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.7 million.

In July 2012, a report by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex found that Muslims are the most likely of all groups to be identified with the concept of 'Britishness.'

In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population. Responding to the statement "I am proud to be a British citizen", 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.

The percentage came higher than average across the population which scored only 79%.

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