A former Blackpool police officer has been honoured for his long service to the communities he has served.
Mike Barton, who served as a police officer in Lancashire for almost three decades, including in Blackpool and Preston, is currently Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary.
He has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List after a distinguished police career lasting more than 30 years.
Mr Barton said he was “immensely proud” to have served the communities of Lancashire and County Durham and Darlington and said he was “humbled” by the honour.
Mr Barton served with Lancashire Police for 28 years before joining Durham in 2008 as assistant chief constable and was promoted to deputy chief constable the following year.
Last September he made calls for hard drugs to be legalised.
Chief Cons Bartonclaimed the war on drugs had failed and decriminalisation was the best way to wrestle power away from criminal gangs.