Hampshire officer whose unselfish devotion to his community goes far beyond the call of duty has been honoured by the Queen

hampshire officer whose unselfish devotion to his community goes far beyond the call of duty has been honoured by the queen

PC Mark Ranola has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to policing and the community in Hampshire.

This honour is in recognition of his “generous and industrious work” for the large and growing Nepali community in Farnborough since 2004.

With such a large influx of people from a very different culture into Farnborough, PC Ranola saw the importance of making sure they were fully integrated within the existing community.

This proved a very unsettling time, with tensions running high as both communities felt a sense of distrust against one another, due to a lack of understanding.

Recognising this and the potential problems this could cause, PC Ranola worked tirelessly with partner agencies to ensure a settled integration and restore a harmonious community.

This included a trip to Kathmandu in 2010 where PC Ranola went to learn more about Nepali culture, health, education and the police.

His experiences out there helped him to shape the work being done in Farnborough.

He was able to help other agencies to make the adjustments needed to support both the Nepali youths and elders, who had very different needs.

His work continued when he was off-duty and he has helped to raise thousands of pounds for Nepali charities.

PC Ranola, 54, who joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1992 and is currently a neighbourhood officer in Yateley, said: “I am proud to have received this honour but I am accepting this on behalf of a lot of people who have worked hard to help integrate the Nepali community in Farnborough.

“When these two communities came together there were many challenges with regards to health, education and housing due to the differences in culture.

“From a policing point of view, the Nepali community were very distrusting of us due to their experiences in Nepal, so we had to work hard to change that.

“I am most proud of the work we have achieved together and it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

“We were able to provide the focus to do what needed to be done and we are worlds apart from where we were.”

Congratulating PC Ranola, Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “I am absolutely delighted to see PC Mark Ranola recognised in this way.
“He has worked tirelessly to bring two very different communities together and his dedication has built trust and confidence within our Nepali community.
“I am sure our colleagues, partners and the public will join me in congratulating Mark on his richly-deserved OBE.”