Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for bringing new energy and action on gangs, guns and knife crime.
He's also recognised for his focus on front line visibility and for overseeing policing during the Diamond Jubilee and London Games.
Commissioner Hogan-Howe says:
"I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire, Merseyside and Her Majesty's Inspectorate.
"I couldn't have achieved this without the love and support of my wife Marion, and my mum, who hasn't seen the day."
Five other members of the MPS and one retired officer were also honoured for their outstanding contribution to policing.
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