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Royal seal of approval for Deputy Chief Constable 

The Deputy Chief Constable of West Midlands Police had her own royal appointment with Prince Charles to receive her OBE this week. 

DCC Louise Rolfe attended Buckingham Palace to be officially awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order honour by the Prince of Wales. 

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The 49-year-old’s successful career - which has seen her become one of the most senior female officers in the country - was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List. 

She has risen from beat bobby with Avon & Somerset Police to second in command of West Midlands Police during more than 25 years in policing. 

She became the first female head of CID while based in the South West and helped lead the Regional Organised Crime Unit, along with the development of the Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit for the region. 

The mother-of-two is also the current National Police Chiefs Council lead for domestic abuse - helping to raise awareness and improve the way forces respond to such crimes.

DCC Rolfe said: "It was a great privilege to meet so many fantastic people from all walks of life who have done some wonderful things. 

"It was an incredible honour for me to join them on such a special occasion. 

"I am proud to have been awarded an OBE and the day at Buckingham Palace is one that will last with me forever. 

"It only increases my desire to spend many more years in policing and play a part in keeping our communities safe."