A veteran police officer of 25 years went to Windsor Castle to receive a medal from the Queen.
Thames Valley's Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood, 47, accepted his Queen's Police medal on Friday, two months after being named in the New Year's honours list.
His wife Nicolette and sons Elliott, 18 and Sebastian, 16 went with him.
"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," he said.
"The Queen spent time talking to each of the recipients and I spoke to her briefly about the challenges facing policing today.
"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."
He added: "I felt incredibly proud to be a police officer in the Thames Valley."
He joined Thames Valley Police in 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable for specialist operations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2008.
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.
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