Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s honours.
The QPM is awarded to officers who have shown gallantry and distinguished service, acts of exceptional courage and skill and conspicuous devotion to duty.
Mr York started his service more than 24 years ago with Kent Police before being appointed as an assistant chief constable with South Wales Police.
He has served Sussex for six and a half years since he became deputy chief constable in 2008. He became chief constable in June 2014.
Mr York is the force lead for diversity and the national police lead for the High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS), intellectual property crime and national analysts.
The 47-year-old said, “It is an absolute privilege and honour to give so much to policing and to have it recognised in this way.
“Over the years I have enjoyed working with a huge number of amazing colleagues and partners who give so much to Sussex.
“They have made it a pleasure to come to work every day.”
Mr York will receive a silver medal that displays a profile of the Queen on one side and depicts a figure holding a sword and shield on the other.
The medal also has the words ‘For Distinguished Police Service’ inscribed around the edge.