Kevin Hurley

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Kevin Hurley

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner
In office
15 November 2012 – 6 May 2016
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byDavid Munro
Personal details
Political partyZero Tolerance Policing ex Chief
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchParachute Regiment
Royal Military Police
Years of service1971–2011
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsIraq Medal

Kevin Barry Hurley, TD is a British politician and former police officer. He was the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner between November 2012 and May 2016. He previously served in the Metropolitan Police, reaching the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent. He was also an officer of the Territorial Army, serving first in the Parachute Regiment and then in the Royal Military Police.

Early life[edit]

Hurley studied at the Victoria University of Manchester from 1972 to 1976. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Civil Engineering.[1]


Military service[edit]

On 16 January 1974, Hurley was commissioned into Section B of the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve as a second lieutenant (on probation). He was given the service number 497343.[2] Section B is the non-deployable category of reserves.

On 1 June 1974, he transferred to the Parachute Regiment, Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve, with seniority in the rank of second lieutenant (on probation) from 16 January 1974.[3] He joined 4 PARA and his commission was confirmed.[4] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 June 1976,[5] and to acting captain on 8 April 1978.[6] On 1 January 1980, he transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in the rank of lieutenant.[7] This ended his first period of active reserve service.

On 18 November 1985, he transferred to the Royal Military Police, Territorial Army, as a lieutenant with seniority in that rank from 17 April 1982.[8] He was promoted to Captain on 1 July 1986,[9] and to Major on 1 May 1989 with seniority in that rank from 15 May 1988.[10] On 1 April 1991, he transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers in the rank of Major.[11] This ended his second period of active reserve service.

On 1 February 1993, he transferred once more to the Royal Military Police, Territorial Army, as a Major with seniority from 2 March 1991.[12] He was mobilised for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He first served as the CBRN advisor to Brigadier Jacko Page, the commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade.[13]


Hurley served in the Metropolitan Police from 1979 to 2011, when he retired with the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent, having served in his last three years as Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Head of the Counter Terrorism and Public Order Department for the City of London Police.


Hurley sought the nomination as Conservative Party candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner of Surrey Police in the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections. However, he was defeated in the selection process by Julie Iles. He stood as an independent, appearing on the ballot paper as the Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief candidate, a registered political party in the United Kingdom of which he is the leader.[14] On 15 November 2012, he won the election with a majority of 7,725.[15]

During his term as PCC Hurley became involved in a public dispute with his then Chief Constable, Lynne Owens, following an external report which criticised Surrey Police for failings around organised crime and child protection. Upon Owens' appointment as Director-General of the National Crime Agency he clashed with the Home Secretary, Theresa May, over his criticism of Owens. Hurley demanded an apology after May described his "attacks" on Owens as one of a "number of incidents" which had given PCCs a bad name.[16][17]

In 2016 Hurley gained national attention for saying he wanted to "batter and break the legs" of a man convicted of a stabbing.[18]

In the 2016 England and Wales PCC elections, Hurley's party, Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief, stood candidates in the Surrey, Hampshire and Essex police authorities with Hurley himself standing for re-election in Surrey.[19]

None of the party's candidates were elected and Hurley was defeated by David Munro in the second round of vote counting.[20]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Hurley was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) (TD) in November 1997.[21] He was awarded the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal in November 2005,[22] and was awarded a clasp to the medal in April 2011.[23]

Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal (2003)
Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal Ribbon 100px.png Iraq Reconstruction Service Medal (2004)
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)[24]
Police Long Service and Good Conduct ribbon.png Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial & Volunteer Reserve).png Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) (1997)
Volunteer Reserves Service Medal.png Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (2005)
Clasp 2011


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  2. ^ "No. 46233". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 March 1974. pp. 3197–3198.
  3. ^ "No. 46403". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 November 1974. p. 11377.
  4. ^ "No. 46773". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1975. p. 16374.
  5. ^ "No. 46947". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 June 1976. p. 8991.
  6. ^ "No. 47577". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1978. p. 7754.
  7. ^ "No. 48170". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 April 1980. pp. 6337–6338.
  8. ^ "No. 50405". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 January 1986. p. 927.
  9. ^ "No. 50696". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 October 1986. p. 13874.
  10. ^ "No. 51847". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 August 1989. p. 9718.
  11. ^ "No. 52623". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 August 1991. p. 11974.
  12. ^ "No. 53271". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 April 1993. p. 6488.
  13. ^ Hurley, Kevin (17 July 2010). "Written Evidence for the Iraq Enquiry from: Kevin Hurley" (PDF). Iraq Enquiry. Archived from the original (pdf) on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Electoral Commission – Registration search". Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Surrey PCC election". Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  16. ^ "NCA head Lynne Owens faced criticism as Surrey Police chief". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Surrey PCC in row with Theresa May as he demands apology".
  18. ^ "Surrey PCC Kevin Hurley 'wanted to break criminal's legs'". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Policing insight – Who is standing in the PCC elections in May?". Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Surrey PCC election results 2016". Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  21. ^ "No. 54952". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 November 1997. p. 12938.
  22. ^ "No. 57825". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 November 2005. p. 15378.
  23. ^ "No. 59755". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 April 2011. p. 6983.
  24. ^ "Kevin Hurley wins Surrey Police Crime Commissioner election". Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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