A SENIOR police officer who plied his trade on the streets of the region has been honoured at Buckingham Palace.
Police Inspector Steve Jones, of the National Police Air Service, was honoured at the royal landmark venue, receiving the Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing.
Insp Jones, who started his career in the force as a constable in Caerwys, Flintshire described the honour as “not a bad way” to cap off his distinguished 30 year career.
He retired this month.
Insp Jones joined North Wales Police in 1983 on the beat in Caerwys.
A posting to Deeside followed for the rookie cop, where he patrolled the streets and communities of Connah’s Quay, Shotton and Queensferry before a brief stint in Buckley.
Insp Jones was later moved to Gwernymynydd, before returning to Buckley for the second of his three postings in the town.
After being promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1990, Insp Jones, of Rhyl, was moved back to Deeside before becoming custody sergeant in Mold and a final stint in Buckley – a period he enjoyed, citing the annual Buckley Jubilee Parade as a particular highlight.
Further moves to Holywell and Flint followed before Insp Jones crossed the county border and became District Inspector in Denbighshire.
Insp Jones became the inspector in charge of the helicopter in Rhuddlan and was instrumental in the procurement of six helicopters coming into service across England and Wales, including a new chopper being introduced in North Wales in 2010.
Commenting on his career, he said: “The last 30 years seem to have flown by and I have been extremely lucky working with some excellent people and characters, many of whom are now lifelong friends.
“I have been awarded two Chief Constable’s commendations, one of which was for entering a burning building to save lives – an experience for which I am hugely proud.
“To my great surprise in June this year I was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for Distinguished Service by HM The Queen in the Birthday Honours List.
“On my very first day I walked through the doors of Police HQ in Colwyn Bay and on my very last day I will walk through the doors of Buckingham Palace to receive my QPM.
“Not a bad way to cap a career I think.”