Patrick Geenty

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Chief Constable

Patrick Geenty
Chief Constable
of Wiltshire Constabulary
In office
Jan 2013 – Incumbent
Preceded by Brian Moore
Deputy Chief Constable
of Wiltshire Constabulary
In office
December 2011 – March 2012
Preceded by David Ainsworth
Succeeded by Mike Veale
Personal details
Born Patrick Geenty
Profession Senior Police Officer

Patrick Geenty was the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police from January 2013 until June 2015. He served in Wiltshire Police from July 2009, and was temporary chief constable from March 2012, when Chief Constable Brian Moore was seconded to the UK Border Force.[1]

Geenty was the Assistant Chief Constable with the force from April 2009 until March 2011, then Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, and then Deputy Chief Constable from December 2011. He started his policing career in 1982 as a Constable with Gloucestershire Constabulary serving in both uniform and CID officer and later Sergeant and Inspector. He moved to Humberside Police in 1998 as a Chief inspector, then Superintendent and finally as Chief Superintendent.

Geenty contributed to the "Closing the Gap" report in 2004 assessing the capability of protective services across the UK. He also led the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing to East Yorkshire and built upon that success by leading the development of integrated neighbourhood management in partnership with local agencies.[2]

He was the ACPO lead for Missing Persons.

He was divisional commander for East Yorkshire during large scale floods of 2007.

Before his policing career, Geenty was a schoolteacher in Blackpool and Cheltenham. He has an MA in Criminology and Policing Studies from University of Exeter, and a Bachelor of Education from Saint Paul's College.

Geenty is under IPCC investigation for alleged mishandling of sexual abuse complaints. On 4 February 2015, Geenty announced his intention to retire in May. Five days later, on 9 February 2015, Geenty reversed this position and announced that he would remain in post until the IPCC investigation was completed. An IPCC spokesman expressed the view that Mr Geenty should not be allowed to retire until the investigation and any subsequent proceedings were completed. The Police Federation criticised the uncertainty and lack of leadership in the force, and called upon Mr Geenty to stand by his original announcement. [3]

Geenty is married with two children and lives in Gastard, Wiltshire. He enjoys rugby union, after retiring from playing the game.

Police appointments
Preceded by
Brian Moore
Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police
2013 — 2013
Succeeded by
Mike Veale


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