Hugh Annesley (police officer)

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Sir Hugh Norman Annesley, QPM (born 22 June 1939) is a retired Irish/British police officer. He served as Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary from June 1989 to November 1996.

Annesley was born in Dublin and educated at St Andrew's Preparatory School and the Avoca School for Boys in Blackrock. He joined the Metropolitan Police in London as a constable in 1958. Rising through the ranks to chief superintendent in 1974, he attended the Special Course (1963), Intermediate Command Course (1971) and Senior Command Course (1975) at the Police Staff College, Bramshill, before transferring to Sussex Police as Assistant Chief Constable (Personnel & Operations) in 1976. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1980 and the following year returned to the Metropolitan Police as Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Central & North West London). In 1983 he became Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Personnel) and in 1984 was director of the Force Re-organisation Team.[citation needed]

Under the new organisational structure, in April 1985 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner Personnel and Training (ACPT)[1] and in 1987 became Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations (ACSO). In 1986 he had graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute in the United States. In 1989 he took up command of the RUC, despite the post being widely expected to go to Geoffrey Dear,[2] and held the post until his retirement in 1996.[citation needed]

Annesley was awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in the 1986 New Year Honours[3] and was knighted in the 1992 New Year Honours.[4]

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  1. ^ "Latest Appointments", The Times, 6 April 1985
  2. ^ "Yard man appointed new RUC chief constable", The Times, 24 February 1989
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50361. p. 25. 30 December 1985.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52767. p. 1. 30 December 1991.

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Police appointments
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Assistant Chief Constable (Personnel & Operations), Sussex Police
1976–1981
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Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Central & NW London), Metropolitan Police
1981–1983
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Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Personnel), Metropolitan Police
1983–1984
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Assistant Commissioner Personnel & Training, Metropolitan Police
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Colin Sutton
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John Dellow
Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police
1987–1989
Succeeded by
John Smith
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Sir John Hermon
Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary
1989–1996
Succeeded by
Ronnie Flanagan