Queen's honour for deputy chief constable

A POLICE constable in Avon and Somerset has received a top cop award from the Queen.

A POLICE constable in Avon and Somerset has received a top cop award from the Queen.

Deputy chief constable Rob Beckley scooped the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in the New Year Honours list.

DCC Beckley joined the West Country police force after leaving his role as assistant chief constable in Herefordshire at the beginning of 2007. He went to school at St Brendan's College in Bristol before joining the police in 1986.

The award from the Queen recognises DCC Beckley's work with the Association of Chief Police Officers Race and Diversity Committee and the Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee.

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He set up and led the National Community Tension team to help combat public disorder as part of a national strategy to prevent terrorism.

The married man with three sons has had his fair share of experience and was the police commander during the Potters Bar Crash in 2002 and led a police initiative to help community tensions after the July 7 bombings in London.

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DCC Beckley, who is also a keen cyclist, said: "This honour reflects the professionalism and commitment of many people who have supported my work, especially in respect of my national responsibilities.

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