Surrey's top policeman in New Year Honours list

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Surrey Police Chief Constable Mark Rowley
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Chief Constable Mark Rowley received the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year Honours list

Surrey's most senior policeman has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Chief Constable Mark Rowley, who began his career with the West Midlands force, receives the Queen's Police Medal.

Mr Rowley has been the county's chief constable for nearly three years.

Despite presiding over falling crime figures, Mr Rowley announced earlier this month that he would be turning down his performance bonus.

Beekeepers association

He said it was inappropriate in the current financial climate and could harm the credibility of senior officers.

Mr Rowley, 46, said it was an "incredible honour" to receive the Queen's Police Medal.

"I am extremely proud of what the staff and officers of Surrey Police achieve every day in keeping the people of Surrey safe," he added.

Others to be honoured by the Queen in Surrey include Michael Horan, who becomes an MBE for his services to the Army Cadet Force in the county.

Peter Nicolas Chisholm, the former headteacher of the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey, and Anne Buckingham, the secretary of the Farnham beekeepers association, also become MBEs.

The chairman of British Airways, Martin Broughton, who lives in Oxted, receives a Knighthood, while Mike Catt, the former rugby union international who lives in Sunbury-upon-Thames, becomes an OBE.

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