Medal honour for county’s police chief
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