An extraordinary year for the Police Service has been acknowledged with a clutch of prestigious awards for officers of all ranks in the New Year Honours list.
The past 12 months have been a time of great challenge, from the ramifications of the phone hacking scandal to the worst disorder seen in a generation.
But 2011 rightly ended on a high note for a Police Service that has maintained the highest standards of excellence and professionalism throughout.
Leading a field of awards that has a theme of public service at its heart is recently retired South Yorkshire Chief Meredydd Hughes, who receives a CBE for his services to policing.
Those giving their time to serve in law enforcement governance are also recognised, with an OBE for Mark Burns-Williamson for his work as Chair of West Yorkshire Police Authority.
Mr Burns-Williamson is also Chairman of the Association of Police Authorities and has recently been assisting in the transition of governance to directly elected commissioners.
There were also OBEs for Det Supt Alan Caton of Suffolk Constabulary and Hugh Davies, Legal Advisor at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre, who is rewarded for his work with young people.
And Deborah Glass, well known for her work as Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, receives the accolade for her extensive service to law and order along with Anne Harrison, Head of Specialist Operational Support at the NPIA.
Those receiving the MBE include Sue Brace, President of the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity, PC Laurence Brown of the MoD Police and Beryl Hodgson, the former Chief Officer of Hampshire Special Constabulary.
Elsewhere, the QPM was awarded to several officers including CC Richard Crompton of Lincolnshire Constabulary, DCC Simon Chesterman of West Mercia Police and CC Nick Gargan, Chief Executive of the NPIA.
Other recipients include City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, DC Anthony Jones of GMP, DCI Stephen Burns of the Met and Ch Supt Wendy Benson of the MoD Police.
The awards for police officers make up nearly 830 candidates selected for recognition this year. Of these, nearly three quarters are people who have achieved outstanding work â€“ either paid or unpaid â€“ within their communities.
Women make up 43 per cent of recipients and 12 per cent are from ethnic minorities.
New Year Honours: Officers Rewarded