Detective who survived murder bid is awarded King’s Police Medal

A detective from Northern Ireland who survived a murder attempt has been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell has been awarded the King’s Police Medal.

Recognising the honour, PSNI Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said Mr Caldwell was the subject of a “cowardly and murderous attack last year”.

He said: “The officers and staff of the PSNI continue to face such threats and this particular award is a recognition of John’s police service, and his bravery and that of his family.

Northern Ireland Policing Board meeting
PSNI Chief Constable Jon Boutcher (Liam McBurney/PA)

“Despite the despicable attack that bravery and selfless courage has continued to shine through.

“I know that the support received from the public has been tremendous and, for this, we extend a heartfelt thanks.”

Mr Caldwell was shot a number of times in front of his son by dissident republicans at a sports complex in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on February 22 2023.

He was packing up after coaching a youth football team when he was targeted.

The detective, who had investigated a number of high-profile murder cases, spent several weeks in intensive care.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Mr Caldwell in hospital.

He made his first public appearance since the shooting at a garden party hosted by the King at Hillsborough Castle in May last year.

A number of people have been arrested and charged in relation to the shooting.