The citation was read by LJMU Honorary Fellow, Roy Morris.
Jon is the present Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, playing a key role in the continued delivery of local policing and meeting the needs of the community. He has been commended on 14 occasions and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2007 and knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to policing. He has a LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Liverpool and a diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge.
He has worked with the University to develop the annual LJMU Chief Constable Lecture series, providing a fly-on-the-wall account of life as a Chief Constable running one of the UK’s largest and most diverse police forces.
Speaking at the Ceremony, Jon expressed his pride at receiving the Fellowship as a 'born and bred Liverpudlian'. After congratulating the graduands, he told them that "it is not what you do in life, but how you do it" and talked about his career and the second chance at education he received through the police force.
He also offered advice on how we can all be leaders through the way we build relationships and conduct ourselves in everyday life and the many opportunities the graduates will have to do this.