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Surrey Police Chief Constable recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Lynne Owens has been awarded a CBE for her services to policing and criminal justice Photo: Surrey Police

Surrey Police Chief Constable Lynne Owens is awarded a CBE for her services to policing and criminal justice in the Queen's birthday honours.

She began her police career in the Metropolitan Police Service in 1989, posted to Catford in South East London.

She transferred to Kent Police on promotion to Sergeant, where she trained and specialised as a detective. As a Detective Chief Inspector she was posted to the force major crime department as a Senior Investigating officer.

On transferring to Surrey in 2002, Lynne became a BCU Commander of a division. She progressed through the ranks to temporary Deputy Chief Constable transferring from Surrey to the Metropolitan Police Service in April 2009 having been appointed Deputy Assistant Commissioner responsible for Operations within Territorial Policing.

In December 2010 she took up post as an Assistant Commissioner as part of the MPS Management Board. She led on public order and event policing, including the delivery of the Royal Wedding in 2011, as well as other, predominantly specialist uniformed policing services. From August 2011 she was also responsible for the Specialist Crime Directorate.

She was appointed Chief Constable of Surrey Police in February 2012. During this time she has also had national policing responsibilities, currently she leads the National Police Chief's Council (formally Association of Chief Police Officers) Coordination Committee for Operations, and the portfolio, under the Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, for Charging and Out of Court Disposals.

She also represents the police service on The Sentencing Council and the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee.

She was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Year's Honours (2008).

"I confess to being completely gobsmacked! Of course I am honoured to receive such recognition but it more widely reflects the many absolutely outstanding officers and staff I have been privileged to work alongside during my police service.”

– Chief Constable Lynne Owens

"It is wonderful to see a professional and passionate police leader recognised in this way, and I'm particularly delighted that it is recognition for one of the most senior female officers in the country. She is a role model for officers of all genders. We in Surrey are very lucky to have such a capable police chief and it is why we have the safest county in the country. I send Lynne my heartiest congratulations.”

– Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley

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