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Federation chair among officers honoured with long service medals

Thirty six officers and a special constable have clocked up a staggering 739 years' service between them.

And to commemorate the achievement they were presented with long service medals at the Lord Lieutenant's Investiture Ceremony.

The event was held at Force Headquarters and the awards were presented by Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, OBE.

Among those to receive an award was Tiff Lynch, the first female chair of Leicestershire Police Federation.

Tiff said: "As chair of Leicestershire Police Federation it's normally my role to welcome and thank our officers, staff and their families for their continued commitment to Leicestershire Police.

"On this occasion I was one of the 37 officers who received a long service award. It was an enjoyable afternoon and I found it extremely thought provoking listening to Assistant Chief Constable Kay reading out the citations of officers I joined with and have worked with during my time with the Force.

"I felt honoured to receive my medal and the last 20 years has gone in a flash - here's to another 20."

Another recipient was PC 498 Andy King who joined Leicestershire Police in February 1995 and has spent the majority of his service in Melton and Rutland.

Andy, who now works in the Investigation Management Unit at Force Headquarters, said: "It was a lovely occasion to attend with my mother and partner.

"It was particularly poignant for my Mum to join me in celebrating after losing my father, who was an officer for 30 years in Northumbria Police, last year."

The ceremony was attended by the Chief Constable Simon Cole.

He said: "It made me very proud to see the Lord Lieutenant present 37 long service and good conduct medals to our officers."

He continued: "During the ceremony we heard stories of bravery, brilliance and humour. It was touching to hear a number of recipients acknowledge the influence of colleagues who are sadly no longer with us.

"All of those who received medals still have the opportunity to use the skills learnt in their first 20 years of policing to benefit local communities."