Royal recognition for South Yorkshire Police chief

South Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Constable has received royal recognition in the Queen’s annual New Year’s Honours.

By Claire Lewis
Friday, 1st January 2021, 9:57 am

Mark Roberts has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, which is awarded to officers for their distinguished service in policing.

DCC Roberts has nearly 30 years’ service to his name, serving in both uniformed and investigative roles.

A former Head of Investigations for the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and the public order commander for Greater Manchester Police’s response to riots in 2011, he is also the national lead for policing football and covert legislation and guidance.

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Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts

“I am incredibly honoured to receive this prestigious award, on behalf of myself and South Yorkshire Police,” said DCC Roberts.

“I joined the force four years ago, while the organisation was going through a challenging period and we have collectively made a rate of progress under our Chief Constable Stephen Watson QPM which is unprecedented in British policing.

“The force is now in a vastly different place, with South Yorkshire Police recognised as the ‘most improved force’ for the third year running.

“This marked improvement is testament to the commitment, passion and work ethic of the marvellous people we have working within South Yorkshire Police. Our officers and staff demonstrate an unwavering dedication to protecting our communities, a dedication that has shone through even more so over the last 12 months.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in South Yorkshire and this honour reflects the work of everyone in the force.”

DCC Roberts joined South Yorkshire Police in 2017.