Denis O'Connor (police officer)
Sir Denis O'Connor
Sir Denis O'Connor in 2012
|Chief Inspector of Constabulary|
11 May 2009 – 31 July 2012
|Preceded by||Sir Ronnie Flanagan|
|Succeeded by||Tom Winsor|
|Born||21 May 1949|
Born in Ireland, O'Connor's police career began in 1968 as a constable with the Metropolitan Police. 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. On 28 March 2012 the Home Secretary announced Sir Denis would retire on 31 July after more than three years in the role.
He is trustee of the Surrey Care Trust in Woking Surrey, which provides education, training, skills and volunteering opportunities to those who need motivation or a second chance in life. The charity also runs a fund to help those facing hardship throughout Surrey.
- Adapting to Protest published 7 July 2009. This report concerned the policing of the 2009 G-20 London summit protests.
- Stop the Rot, published 24 September 2010, that examined the effects of anti-social behaviour and the withdrawal of police street patrols. 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 offence. The results was a rapid increase of yobbish behaviour in the last decade.
|Knight Bachelor (Kt)||
|Order of the British Empire (CBE)||
|Queen's Police Medal (QPM)||
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||
|Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
- "Chief Inspector of Constabulary to retire". HM Government, gov.uk website. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (7 July 2009). "Adapting to Protest" (PDF). Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (24 September 2010). "Stop The Rot" (PDF). Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor (23 September 2010). "Police retreat from the streets has nothing to do with money". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 1.
Sir Ronnie Flanagan
| HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland