Medal hon­our for county’s po­lice chief

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CHESHIRE’S chief con­sta­ble has been named on the Queen’s New Year Hon­ours list.

Si­mon Byrne has re­ceived the Queen’s Po­lice Medal (QPM).

The QPM recog­nises of­fi­cers who have demon­strated a con­sis­tent com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive polic­ing and man­aged a range of com­plex is­sues.

Si­mon Byrne said: “I am ab­so­lutely thrilled with this award, which is due in no small part to the sup­port I have had from my fam­ily, friends and col­leagues in po­lice forces and other or­gan­i­sa­tions I have worked with.”

Si­mon’s ca­reer be­gan in 1982 on the beat in the Padding­ton and St John’s Wood area of Lon­don. He trans­ferred to Mersey­side Po­lice be­fore mov­ing to Greater Manch­ester Po­lice in 2009. Re­turn­ing to the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice in 2011, Si­mon headed up the largest op­er­a­tional com­mand in the coun­try. On re­turn to his home county in June 2014, Si­mon be­came Cheshire’s chief con­sta­ble.

He has led change na­tion­ally in re­la­tion to cannabis mis­use, de­ploy­ment of po­lice au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion and deal­ing with sex work­ers and pros­ti­tu­tion.

●● Chief con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne

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