Queen’s honour for police chief

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The Deputy Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list today (June 15).

DCC John Feavyour, who is due to retire in August, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM), in recognition of distinguished police service.

Mr Feavyour said: “I am enormously proud to receive this award. It is all the more special coming just weeks before the end of my policing career and it is fabulous to be recognised for my 30 years of service in this way.”

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “This award is richly deserved. John has worked tirelessly throughout his career to ensure policing remains effective, efficient and accountable. I am delighted to see that he has been rewarded for his services to policing in three different forces, and his national work on misconduct.”

Mr Feavyour, 49, has been DCC in Cambridgeshire for seven years. He joined the force in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable. One of his first responsibilities on joining was to lead the force response to Sir Michael Bichard’s public inquiry following the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham. Significant changes to policing, including better information sharing arrangements, resulted from the inquiry.

Most recently he has been the driving force behind changes to the way policing in Cambridgeshire is delivered that meet the Government’s budget cuts. Force cuts have totalled more than £17million since 2010, which has led to a new model for policing in the county and closer operational collaboration with forces in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Mr Feavyour’s policing career began in Leicestershire in 1983. He moved to Northamptonshire Police in 1998 as a superintendent where he led the force response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry before transferring to Cambridgeshire Constabulary five years later.

He was the national lead on the police complaints and misconduct portfolio for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) for five years, until 2012. His role involved working closely with the Home Office and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and he was a strong advocate for a more effective complaints system to ensure policing remains as open, transparent and accountable as possible to the public.

In this role, he also led on the implementation of Police Conduct Regulations 2008 reforms and associated IPCC guidance.

He was also the national lead on Police National Computer and led the project to replace hardware destroyed in the Buncefield oil depot explosion.

Mr Feavyour has a Diploma in Management Studies, a BSc degree in mathematics from the Open University and a Diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University. He is married to Karen and has two daughters and a son.