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Queen’s Award accolade for Semantics

I would like to pass my heartfelt congratulations to Semantics 21 Ltd, one of 61 UK businesses to have been presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise accolade, 2019.

Acknowledged in the innovation category, the award was presented by Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson to Dr. Liam Owens (CEO) at a ceremony held at Staffordshire Police Headquarters – the home of Staffs Police, which has a proud tradition of looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve by deploying cutting-edge technology to make our local communities safer and more secure.

The event took place on Monday 7th October and was organised by Steven Cooper, Principal Digital Forensics Officer for Staffordshire Police. I was met by Paul Fenwick, Digital Forensics Coordinator at Staffordshire Police, and joined a list of guests including Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, Councillor Mark Sutton, and Commissioner for Business and Enterprise Anthony Hodge.

Together we honoured the achievements of Semantics 21, a tech company recognised by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise judging panel for its novel software technologies, built into a LASERi® Suite which is transforming law enforcement investigations of child sexual exploitation and other criminal activities – including investigations to support the fight against organised crime and counter-terrorism.

The company prides itself on contributing to raising the reputation of Stafford and Staffordshire as places where innovation thrives. This technology is now being rolled out across the USA and Canada, by law enforcement agencies, with great effect.

I hope this hardworking and driven Staffordshire company continues to further improve its ground-breaking investigative techniques and make positive strides within its specialist industry.