Denis O'Connor (police officer)

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Sir
Denis Francis O'Connor
CBE
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Sir Denis O'Connor in 2012
Chief Inspector of Constabulary
In office
11 May 2009 – 31 July 2012
Preceded by Sir Ronnie Flanagan
Succeeded by Tom Winsor
Personal details
Born (1949-05-21) 21 May 1949 (age 65)
Profession Police officer

Sir Denis Francis O'Connor, CBE, QPM (born 21 May 1949, Ireland) was Chief Inspector of Constabulary. He was appointed on 11 May 2009 and retired on 31 July 2012.

Career[edit]

O'Connor's police career began in 1968 as a constable with the Metropolitan Police Service. He left in 1970 and rejoined as a graduate entrant in 1974. In 1985 he was appointed as a Superintendent in Surrey Police and returned in 1988 as a Chief Superintendent to the Metropolitan Police Service. He rose to the rank of commander in the MPS. In 1991, he was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable with Surrey Police before transferring to Kent Police where he was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable between 1993 and 1997. In 1997, he became a Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and from 2000 until 2004 was appointed Chief Constable of Surrey Police.

From 2004, he was one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary, and became Acting Chief Inspector on 1 December 2008.[1]

On March 28, 2012, the Home Secretary announced Sir Denis would retire on 31 July after more than three years in the role.

Reports[edit]

  • Adapting to Protest published 7 July 2009. This report concerned the policing of the 2009 G-20 London summit protests.[2]
  • Stop the Rot, published 24 September 2010, that examined the effects of anti-social behaviour and the withdrawal of police street patrols.[3][4] According to the Stop the Rot report, it confirmed the widely held belief by UK people, that the police had largely retreated from policing anti-social behaviour on the streets, by grading calls and not replying to incidents deemed to be below a specific grade of offense. The results was a rapid increase of yobbish behaviour in the last decade.[5]

Awards[edit]

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1996. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002, and was knighted in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[6]

Private life[edit]

He is married with three children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=396380&NewsAreaID=2
  2. ^ Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (7 July 2009). "Adapting to Protest". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  3. ^ Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (24 Sep 2010). "Stop The Rot". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  4. ^ Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (24 Sep 2010). "Anti Social Behaviour". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  5. ^ Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (23 Sep 2010). "Police retreat from the streets has nothing to do with money". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 1. 12 June 2010.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Sir Ronnie Flanagan
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
2008 –
Incumbent