King’s Birthday Honours – College of Policing CEO Andy Marsh

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The College of Policing’s Chief Executive, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, has expressed his delight and surprise on receiving a knighthood for services to policing in the King's Birthday Honours list.

Chief Constable Marsh said: “I was humbled to receive this prestigious honour, which I accept as a tribute to the hard work of the many dedicated officers and police staff I have been fortunate to serve alongside in two forces and at the College of Policing.

“Along with society, the world of policing has rightly undergone a seismic shift since I joined in the 1980s in terms of culture, attitude, and professionalism.

“I was motivated to join policing after watching my stepfather work as a Special in his spare time. I saw up close, before realising it myself, the enormous satisfaction and pride you get from public service, which is the essence of a good career in policing.

“In common with everyone in policing, I joined to make a difference and have taken the greatest satisfaction in doing just that for people and communities. I was also inspired by a patient, professional demanding tutor constable who helped iron out many of my faults and instilled in me the same values which make British policing the most admired across the world. I want to say thank you to all the tutor constables who play such an important role of leadership in policing.

“I hope this honour will inspire others who are considering a career in policing or have recently joined. They will see my journey and appreciate the tremendous opportunity which policing can offer everyone in the Service, as well as the difference we can all make to the communities we serve.”


Nick Herbert (Lord Herbert of South Downs), Chair of the College of Policing, said: “This is a fitting honour for the country’s longest-serving chief constable, an outstanding public servant who has delivered improved policing in two forces and is now leading change across the Service. 

“Andy is highly regarded by his peers and respected by everyone who has worked with him. He cares deeply about the Service and the public, and he has shown exemplary leadership in transforming the College and driving higher standards and better performance in policing.

“I am absolutely delighted for Andy, and the College is proud he has been recognised in this way.”


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College of Policing