The chief constable of Cambridgeshire police has been awarded a royal honour for his outstanding service.
Simon Parr was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM), in recognition of distinguished police service at a ceremony on Tuesday, after being named in the New Year Honours List.
He was presented with the medal by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Parr said: “Recognition of this kind is not what we work for in policing, which makes it all the more exciting when it comes.
“It is also a great reflection on the Constabulary, and all the selfless work that colleagues do each and every day.
“I would also like to say a huge thank you to my family, who have supported me for so long.”
Mr Parr was appointed chief constable for Cambridgeshire in September 2010, following three years as the deputy chief constable in Hertfordshire.
Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner Sir Graham Bright said: “It is a pleasure to work with Simon.
“His leadership has not only made Cambridgeshire one of the safest places in the country, but also put the constabulary on the map with its programme of cutting edge information technology.”
Mr Parr has had a long career with the force, having moved to Hertfordshire after previously spending 20 years with Sussex Police, during which time he was head of the control rooms department and also commander of East Downs Division. He was head of the operations department for Sussex Police and was involved in the management of several major incidents; most noticeably the Lewes floods in 2000 and the public order policing of party conferences in Brighton.
Most recently he has been the driving force behind changes to the way policing in Cambridgeshire as a result of budget cuts to the force.
As a consequence he has become involved in the development and use of ICT in policing to ensure more efficient working and preservation of the frontline.