The president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and former Warwickshire Chief Constable Christopher Fox says his knighthood is down to support from others
The president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and former Warwickshire Chief Constable Christopher Fox has dedicated his knighthood to police staff across the country.
Sir Christopher, who lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Carol, and their three children, is the first full-time president of ACPO and has led and coordinated the police service's national response to the fuel dispute, firefighters' strikes, the Iraq war, the tsunami, G8 and the London bombings.
He has been central to influencing the police reform process and has played an integral role in discussions about changes to the current 43-force structure.
He said: "I am honoured but, while I receive this recognition with pride, many others have supported me - family, friends and colleagues. It is really the work of operational police staff we should recognise - I do, with admiration and my total support."
Sir Christopher joined Nottinghamshire Police as a graduate in 1972 and served in various roles such as city divisional command, CID, special operations and community affairs.
He joined Warwickshire Police as assistant chief con-stable in 1991 and became deputy chief constable in 1994. After acting as Chief Constable in Warwickshire, he was appointed Chief Constable of Northamptonshire police in 1996.
He played rugby for Nottingham RFC and is the first police officer to have played rugby for his force at every rank throughout his service, and for the British Police Service. He coaches a youth cricket team and is the trustee of Endeavour Training, providing programmes to help young people engage in education and employment.
* Former West Midlands Police detective inspector Gill Baker has been made an OBE after a decade of influential work in crime support.
Ms Baker, who retired just before Christmas, joined the force in 1977, and worked throughout the region until she moved to crime support as a detective inspector in 1995.
She worked in crime support for more than ten years, covering child protection, sex offenders, domestic violence, forced marriages, serious sexual assaults and vulnerable victims and witnesses, and was instrumental in setting up the first sex offenders unit in 1997 and public protection panels across the country.
Ms Baker also wrote the protocol for exchange of information between the police and the seven West Midlands local authorities, the West Midlands health authorities, the Probation Service and fire service.
Her views on domestic violence were sought by the ACPO and the Home Office on a regular basis and she wrote the first Crown Prosecution Service and Police Service Level Agreement in the country. She was also instrumental in achieving funding for the first sexual assault referral centre to be set up in Walsall.
A police spokeswoman said: "Overall, Gill has worked tire-lessly on behalf of crime support and the West Midlands Police force for many years in an area of work that is often overlooked. However, her endeavours have been monumental and set the standards for many officers who have to follow in her footsteps."