Sussex Police Deputy Chief Constable awarded Queen’s Police Medal

Sussex Police deputy chief constable Olivia Pinkney has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours List.


Olivia, who joined Sussex Police from Avon and Somerset in 2009 as assistant chief constable, was promoted to her present position in 2014. She has worked with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and is the national policing lead for children and young people.

She said: “I am extremely honoured and grateful to receive this award, which is as much for the many colleagues in Sussex and other areas who I have worked with over the years, as myself.

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“Policing has changed so much since I became a PC in 1991, but I have the same passion for the job now as I did then.”

Chief Constable Giles York said: “All of us at Sussex Police extend our huge congratulations to Olivia on her award, which is richly deserved.

“This award recognises her distinguished career, so far, seeing her deliver exceptional policing services, in so many roles, to the public in Avon and Somerset, Sussex and complemented by her time at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. It also recognises how she goes above and beyond the call of duty in undertaking national charity work and being the national policing lead for children and young people.

“I am also delighted to hear of the award of the QPM to former Sussex officer Paul Morrison, now the Commissioner of Anguilla Police. He left us during 2015 to take up his new role, having served here with distinction for many years.

“Congratulations to them both.”

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