FORMER Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, Meredydd Hughes, who retired last October after seven years in charge of the force, was appointed CBE.
After stepping up from deputy, he saw crime levels drop and higher public confidence and satisfaction with policing in the county. Colleagues praised his “positive and transparent approach” and his close working with other agencies.
Mr Hughes, aged 53, was head of roads policing and, more recently, was responsible for drawing up policing contingency plans for the Olympic Games through his work with the Association of Chief Police Officers. Last year he co-ordinated the policing arrangements for the Pope’s visit to Britain.
He started his career as a bobby with his local force in South Wales and worked for Greater Manchester Police before moving to South Yorkshire .
He said: “I’m delighted to receive this honour. The police service has been my life for 32 years and I have been privileged to work with wonderful people who put serving the public above all else,” he said.
“No major event – whether celebration or disaster – passes without the police ensuring public safety is paramount. I’m pleased to have played a small part in leading the service through such interesting times.”