We start with the fantastic news that our President, David Thomas, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by HM the Queen in the 2021 New Year Honours. 

The notice reads “David Graham THOMAS BEM, President, Safe Communities Portugal. For services to Public Safety and to British Nationals in Portugal”.

This is David’s second award as, in 2016, HM the Queen approved his award of the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) “For services to crime prevention and awareness within the British and international community in Portugal”.