Queen’s honour for police boss

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THE Deputy Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to policing

Andy Parker will be presented with the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) at a special ceremony in London later in 2011.

DCC Parker was promoted to his current role in July 2007 having performed the temporary role for the previous 12 months. He joined Warwickshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in January 2005 from North Yorkshire Police.

During his service with North Yorkshire Police, Andy gained experience as a Borough Commander and as a Senior Investigating Officer. He has worked on several major incidents including the Great Heck rail disaster, the Duneswick air crash and the York and Selby floods.

Commenting on the award, DCC Parker said: “I am delighted to receive this honour.

“It is a privilege to serve the communities of Warwickshire and to work with such a dedicated and professional workforce, who every day work hard to protect the public from harm.

“To receive the QPM is a reflection on the whole organisation, of which I am immensely proud.”

Chief Constable Keith Bristow said: “This is an outstanding achievement and is thoroughly deserved.

“Andy is a talented and hugely committed senior police leader who is absolutely focused on protecting people from harm in Warwickshire. He is widely respected by our workforce, the Police Authority and members of partner agencies for his leadership and policing expertise.

“Andy is an inspiring colleague to work alongside and I am thrilled that he has been honoured, it is a real accolade.”