Queen’s honour for ACC Chris Johnson
One of West Midlands Police’s most senior officers – Assistant Chief Constable Chris Johnson – has received a Queen’s honour for his “remarkable contribution” to policing in the West Midlands.
ACC Johnson has spent his entire career with his hometown police force after almost 30 years working his way up from beat bobby on the streets of Birmingham.
The 52-year-old is now set to receive a Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service at a special ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday (13 July).
A letter from the Home Office announcing the honour relays Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s “appreciation for the remarkable contribution you’ve made to your police force over the last 29 years of service to policing”.
Chris was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) last November but has vowed to continue fighting crime with West Midlands Police for as long as possible.
He said: “Being appointed Assistant Chief Constable was a hugely proud moment for me – I wasn’t sure it would get much better but receiving this award, especially as it’s nominated by police colleagues, is certainly on a par with that.
“When I got my MND diagnosis I was determined it would not define my policing career. I’ve served the people of the West Midlands for almost three decades; it’s what I’ve achieved over those years that I’ll reflect on and it’s humbling to now have royal recognition.
“It’s been a genuine honour to have worked with West Midlands Police for so long and I intend to continue doing so for as long as is physically possible.”
In his role as ACC Chris is responsible for the Operations portfolio overseeing traffic policing, dogs, response units, contact centre and firearms, plus other specialist police teams.
It’s a busy, demanding job that typically involves long and irregular hours. But ACC Johnson – a former Police Commander in Birmingham and Dudley – said the force has made some “simple and cheap adaptations” to allow him to continue working.
Since his MND diagnosis Chris has been helping raise awareness of the illness through a personal WMP video and interview on BBC 2’s Jeremy Vine show.