Deputy Chief Constable honoured by The Queen

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Thames Valley Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood attended Windsor Castle on Friday, where he was presented with the Queen’s Police Medal by The Queen.

Francis, aged 47, who has served as a police officer for 25 years, attended the event with his wife Nicolette and two sons Elliott, aged 18 and Sebastian, aged 16.

The medal is awarded for distinguished service and recognises the considerable contribution he has made to the communities of Thames Valley during his time as an officer. It was awarded to him in the New Year’s Honours List.

Francis said: “The experience was very humbling and it was an honour to attend the event at the Castle alongside a whole range of people who were being recognised for acts of bravery, charitable work and for service in their respective areas.

“The Queen spent time talking to each of the recipients and I spoke to her briefly about the challenges facing policing today.

“During the day we were able to look around the Castle’s State rooms, which remind you what a special and impressive place it really is. All the staff were fantastic and ensured the whole day went very smoothly.

“By the time the Investiture concluded and we were standing outside in the Quadrangle for photographs, the morning’s fog had lifted and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day.

“I felt incredibly proud to be a police officer in Thames Valley and very fortunate to be recognised for something I enjoy doing and get a great deal of satisfaction from.”

Francis joined Thames Valley Police in 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2008. His responsibilities include Strategic Development, Legal Services, Professional Standards, Property Services and Transport.

At a national level, Francis supports a number of national portfolios, including ACPO Professional Ethics Portfolio and the Performance Management Business Area.

He previously served for 17 years with West Yorkshire Police, which he joined in 1987. During this time he worked in a number of operational roles in the Leeds area and was appointed Divisional Commander for the North West Area of Leeds in January 2001.