South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Stephen Watson has today (Saturday 8 June 2019) been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished service.
The QPM is awarded to police officers who have exhibited conspicuous devotion to duty.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson joined SYP in 2016, following a period of crisis for the force. South Yorkshire Police had been assessed as ‘requires improvement’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).
Soon after his arrival, the Chief Constable announced that if the force wasn’t assessed as ‘good’ within two years he would ‘sack’ himself.
Just one year later, the force achieved the first raft of ‘good’ assessments for a range of areas of work including preventing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour, investigating crime and reducing anti-social behaviour and tackling serious and organised crime. The next set of organisational results are due and are expected to show continued improvement.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson said:
“On behalf of myself and South Yorkshire Police, I am honoured to receive this award.
“This serves as important recognition of the progress of South Yorkshire Police over the last three years. I am firmly of the view that SYP’s continuing resurgence is principally down to our fantastic people who so faithfully serve the public around the clock and so I proudly accept this honour on behalf of everyone in the force.
“I joined the force almost three years ago and quickly found that those serving in South Yorkshire, both police officers and staff, were of the highest quality. They had the skills, commitment and drive to do a sterling job for our communities. This assessment has been borne out by the unprecedentedly rapid improvement in the performance of the force”.
“We are so proud to serve the Queen and the people of South Yorkshire and we aim to do so to the highest standard. We are determined to sustain our focus on improving still further”.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson has served in policing for 31 years. He has held positions in Lancashire Constabulary, Merseyside Police, the Metropolitan Police, and Durham Constabulary until 2016 when he joined South Yorkshire Police as Chief Constable.
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