John Maxwell (police officer)

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Sir John Maxwell CBE
Born (1882-12-24)24 December 1882
Muirkirk, Ayrshire
Died 14 February 1968(1968-02-14) (aged 85)
Nationality British
Occupation Police officer
Years active 1901–1942
Known for Chief Constable, Manchester City Police (1927–1942)
Involvement in the Greenfield case.

Sir John Maxwell CBE (24 December 1882 – 14 February 1968[1]) was a British police officer.

Maxwell grew up in Muirkirk, Ayrshire.[1] He joined the Manchester City Police in 1901 and served as Chief Constable from 1927 to November 1942.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1936 New Year Honours[2] and knighted in the 1941 New Year Honours.[3]

Maxwell's involvement in the 1940/1941 Greenfield case over his dismissal of a fireman resulted in considerable negative publicity.


  1. ^ a b c Biography, Who Was Who
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34238. p. 9. 31 December 1935. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35029. pp. 1–2. 31 December 1940. Retrieved 2007-12-13.

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