Ranulph Bacon

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Sir Ranulph Robert Maunsell Bacon
QPM
Inspector General of Police of British Ceylon
In office
1944–1947
Preceded by Gordon Halland
Succeeded by Richard Aluwihare
Chief Constable of the Devon County Constabulary
In office
1947–1961
Preceded by Lyndon Morris
Succeeded by Robert Greenwood
Personal details
Born 6 August 1906
Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
Died 30 March 1988
Profession Police officer

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Ranulph Robert Maunsell Bacon QPM (6 August 1906 – 30 March 1988) was a British police officer.

Bacon was born in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, and educated at Tonbridge School and Queens' College, Cambridge. He joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable in 1928 and was selected for Hendon Police College in 1934, passing out with the Baton of Honour. In May 1940 he was commissioned into the British Army as a Provost Marshal on the General List.[1] By December 1941, when he was mentioned in despatches for his service in the Western Desert, he held the local rank of Major, although his substantive rank was Lieutenant.[2] He was later promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and in 1942 was appointed Deputy Provost Marshal of the Ninth Army.

In November 1943 he was seconded to the Colonial Police Service as Deputy Inspector-General of the Ceylon Police, and was promoted Inspector-General in 1944. His Deputy Inspector-General was John Waldron, another Hendon graduate who was later to succeed him as both Assistant Commissioner "A" and Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

In 1947 he returned to Britain as Chief Constable of the Devon County Constabulary, and held the post until his appointment as Assistant Commissioner "A" (Operations and Administration) of the Metropolitan Police on 1 November 1961.[3] He was awarded the King's Police and Fire Services Medal in the 1953 New Year Honours.[4] In 1963, he was appointed Assistant Commissioner "C" (Crime), in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department.[5] At a press conference on 31 December 1964, he urged the public to "have a go" if they saw an armed robbery taking place, which was criticised as irresponsible by many.[6] He was knighted in the 1966 New Year Honours.[7]

In 1966 he briefly served as Deputy Commissioner, from 8 April to his retirement in October.[8]

Police appointments
Preceded by
Unknown
Deputy Inspector-General of Police of Ceylon
1943–1944
Succeeded by
John Waldron
Preceded by
Gordon Halland
Inspector-General of Police of Ceylon
1944–1947
Succeeded by
Richard Aluwihare
Preceded by
Lyndon Morris
Chief Constable of Devon
1947–1961
Succeeded by
Robert Greenwood
Preceded by
Douglas Webb
Assistant Commissioner "A", Metropolitan Police
1961–1963
Succeeded by
Sir John Waldron
Preceded by
Sir Joe Jackson
Assistant Commissioner "C", Metropolitan Police
1963–1966
Succeeded by
Peter Brodie
Preceded by
Douglas Webb
Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
1966
Succeeded by
Sir John Waldron

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34872. p. 3598. 14 June 1940.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35396. p. 7349. 26 December 1941.
  3. ^ "Metropolis Post for Chief Constable", The Times, 29 June 1961
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39732. p. 34. 30 December 1952.
  5. ^ "Senior Changes at Scotland Yard", The Times, 1 June 1963
  6. ^ "No Uncontrollable Crime Wave, Police Say", The Times, 1 January 1965
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43854. p. 1. 31 December 1965.
  8. ^ "Two Police Chiefs Promoted", The Times, 16 March 1966

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