A chief constable has expressed his “delight” at being awarded a medal in the New Year’s Honours List for his “exceptional contribution” to the Hertfordshire police force.

Charlie Hall will receive the Queen’s Police Medal, which is awarded to officers who have forged a “distinguished career”.

Constable Hall said: “I am really delighted. The award reflects the hard work of all the good people I have worked alongside over the years, developing policing locally and nationally.”

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd added: “Chief constable Charles Hall has been instrumental in developing policing’s response to the changing nature of crime.

“He serves Hertfordshire with distinction and I am delighted that his contribution has been recognised with the award of a Queen’s Police Medal.”

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said Mr Hall had “done so much” for the force.

He said: “This is a fitting reward for an excellent chief constable who has done so much for policing in Hertfordshire and nationally.”

Mr Hall has been the chief constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary since 2016, previously having served as Deputy Chief Constable for Norfolk Constabulary where he started his policing career.

In 2013 he became the senior responsible owner for the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme’s (JESIP’s) nine months into the programme.

The programme aims to improve working relationships across the police, fire and ambulance services at the scene of major incidents.

His role came at a time when HMIC had indicated that the programme was failing with broken stakeholder relationships.

However, Mr Hall set in place a project management structure with directions to the team and expectations for delivery.

A number of high profile names have also made the list in honour of their work and contributions to society.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will receive a knighthood, along with Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell will become a dame and author Jilly Cooper and TV chef Rick Stein will receive CBEs.