Chief Constable of Sussex Giles York has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the New Year’s honours.
The QPM is awarded to selected officers for distinguished service.
Mr York 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, 47, 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.
He is the force lead for diversity and the national police lead for the High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS), intellectual property crime and national analysts.