Royal invite is an honour for county’s top policeman
CHESHIRE’S Chief Constable has been honoured with an award from royalty.
Simon Byrne was formally presented with the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) .
He was invited to Buckingham Palace to accept the honour from The Prince of Wales, having been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
The QPM is awarded to police officers in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations for distinguished service or gallantry.
Mr Byrne, who has overseen the Cheshire force become one of the best in the country, ranked outstanding by police watchdog Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, said: “This was a fantastic day with my family, and humbling to receive.
“It was a chance to reflect on a long career in policing and the many thousands of colleagues that have supported me throughout my career and helped make this special recognition possible.
“I am very proud to lead an innovative and progressive force like Cheshire Constabulary.”
Mr Byrne joined the force in 2014 and is also the National Police Chief’s Council lead in the area.