Sergeant Olly TAYLER – QPM
Olly joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1993 and during his service has worked in numerous areas of Policing including Response, Neighbourhood, Specialist Operations and Crime Reduction. Prior to promotion to Sergeant, Olly worked as a schools officer in Torbay where he worked with young people in all secondary schools across the Bay delivering Personal, Health and Social Education across a range of subjects including road safety related matters. Olly was then seconded to the High Sheriff of Devon to set up Crimebeat within Devon, Crimebeat is the charity of the High Sheriff’s Association and enables young people to make a difference in their local communities.
In 2007 Olly was tasked to manage a small pilot of Body Worn Video devices within Plymouth City Centre. This rapidly became a national trial on behalf of the Home Office where Olly was responsible for full project delivery. As a result of this work Body Worn Video is now used by Police globally as well as by numerous other organisations including the media and military.
Olly joined Roads Policing approximately 10 years ago and during that time has attended and investigated countless fatal road traffic collisions. As a Lead Investigating Officer for serious injury and fatal collisions he is all too aware of the consequences of poor decision making behind the wheel.
Olly was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the 2015 New Years Honours List for distinguished and exceptional service and when presented it by the Queen in October 2015 she made the point of asking him about his work in road safety and with young drivers.
Olly is married with two sons both of whom have passed their driving tests so anything he can do to make the roads safer for all is at the heart of what he does.