Jock Wilson (police officer)

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John Spark Wilson CBE (9 May 1922 – 15 September 1993), known as Jock Wilson, was a British police officer in the London Metropolitan Police.

Wilson was brought up in Dundee. He joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable in 1946 and joined Special Branch, in which he was to spend over twenty years, in 1948. Promoted Detective Chief Superintendent in 1968, he was in charge of security for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle in 1969, which was threatened by Welsh nationalists.[1][2] In 1969 he was promoted to Commander and took command of Special Branch. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1969 Birthday Honours.[3]

In 1972 he was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Crime)[4] and on 17 May 1975 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner "C" (Crime).[5] In 1977 he was transferred as Assistant Commissioner "B" (Traffic), holding the post until his retirement in 1982. He then served as Director of the Security and Investigation Service of T. Miller & Co until 1987. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979.

Police appointments
Preceded by
Unknown
Commander (Special Branch), Metropolitan Police
1969–1972
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Crime), Metropolitan Police
1972–1975
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Colin Woods
Assistant Commissioner "C", Metropolitan Police
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Gilbert Kelland
Preceded by
Patrick Kavanagh
Assistant Commissioner "B", Metropolitan Police
1977–1982
Succeeded by
John Dellow

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Welsh blast call to chief of security", The Times, 3 December 1968
  2. ^ "Yard hunt after blast", The Times, 29 April 1969
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44888. p. 6968. 3 July 1969.
  4. ^ "New Yard reserve squad to fight serious crime", The Times, 27 June 1973
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46584. p. 6893. 29 May 1975.

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