Paddy Tomkins

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Paddy Tomkins QPM was appointed HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland[1][2][3] by Royal Warrant in March 2007 and retired from the post in April 2009.[4] He was formerly the Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, which he joined in 2002 and was succeeded by David Strang. He initially joined Sussex Police in 1979 and in 1993 transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service as a Chief Superintendent. He served as divisional commander at Paddington Green before being promoted to Commander to attend the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1997, where he took the prize for the best research paper that year. He served as Commander (Crime) for the then 1 Area (Central), where he led a multi-force search for the serial rapist Richard Baker,[5] and was the day shift Gold commander for the policing of the occupation of the Greek Embassy[6] in London in 1999. In 1999 he was seconded to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (England and Wales) as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner.

He was educated at Hastings Grammar School[7] and King's College London where he took First Class Honours in History.[8] In 2012 he attained the degree of Master of Arts in Classical Studies from the Open University.

He attended the UK Cabinet Office Top Management Programme (TMP 58) in 2000.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service[2] in the Birthday Honours 2006.

He is a company director[9] and charity trustee, and lives in Sciennes, Edinburgh. He is married and has two adult children.


  1. ^ "Chief inspector of police named" (Web). News Article. BBC News. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Chief Inspector of Constabulary" (web). News Release. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Tribute to Chief Constable Paddy Tomkins". Force Headquarters Archived from the original (Web) on December 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  4. ^ BBC News, Scotland
  5. ^ Gillan, By Audrey (1999-05-20). "Good-looking charmer who preyed on the young and vulnerable". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  6. ^ Gentleman, By Amelia; Dyer, Chris Morris Clare (1999-02-18). "Peaceful end to London embassy siege but violence flares in Turkey". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  7. ^ ‘TOMKINS, Patrick Lindsay’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015 ; online edn, Nov 2015 accessed 27 May 2016
  8. ^ "King's College London - Notable alumni". Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  9. ^ "Patrick Lindsay TOMKINS - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Andrew Gibson Brown
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland
Succeeded by
Andrew Laing