Bob Quick (police officer)

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Robert "Bob" Quick, QPM (born c. 1952) is a former Assistant Commissioner (Specialist CO-Operations) of London's Metropolitan Police Service responsible for counter-terrorism within the United Kingdom.[1]

Police career[edit]

Quick joined the police service in 1978, first serving in Lambeth.

In December 2002, he took charge of a police operation in east London to deal with a gunman who had taken a hostage at a flat in Hackney. For this operation he was widely praised for the restraint shown, in what was at the time London's longest armed siege.[2]

He later became Chief Constable of Surrey. In 2008 he was succeeded by Mark Rowley as Chief Constable.[3] Quick then returned to London to become an assistant commissioner.


On 8 April 2009, when Quick arrived at a briefing at 10 Downing Street he inadvertently exposed a document marked Secret[4] dealing with "Operation Pathway" to photographers[5] which compromised the counter-terrorist operation which the document concerned, forcing police in the North West of England to strike sooner than planned, making twelve arrests within hours.[6] He resigned the following day and was replaced by John Yates.[7]


  1. ^ "Biography page for Bob Quick". Metropolitan Police Service. Archived from the original on January 2, 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Profile: Bob Quick". BBC News. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Police Oracle website
  4. ^ Vikram Dodd; David Batty (2009-04-09). "Police chief Bob Quick steps down over terror blunder". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Zoomed photograph of document". The Guardian. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Terror raids follow files blunder". BBC News. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Police chief quits over blunder". BBC News. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Denis O'Connor
Chief Constable of Surrey Police
2004 – 2008
Succeeded by
Mark Rowley
Preceded by
Andy Hayman
Metropolitan Police Service
Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations)

Succeeded by
John Yates