Peter Fahy

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Sir Peter Fahy
Sir Peter Fahy visits the University of Salford.jpg
Sir Peter during a visit to the University of Salford in 2012
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
In office
1 September 2008 – 23 October 2015
Deputy Ian Hopkins
Preceded by Michael J. Todd
Succeeded by Ian Hopkins
Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary
In office
2002 – 31 October 2008
Succeeded by Graeme Gerrard (acting)
David Whatton
Personal details
Born (1959-01-18) 18 January 1959 (age 56)[1]
London, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Jenny Fahy
Alma mater University of Hull
University of East Anglia
Religion Roman Catholicism[2]

Sir Peter Martin Fahy QPM (born 18 January 1959 in London, England) is a retired senior British police officer. He was the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP),[3] the United Kingdom's third largest police force. He retired from the police force on 23 October 2015 after serving for 34 years.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Fahy holds a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Hull, and a master's degree from the University of East Anglia.[1]

Police career[edit]

He joined the police in 1981, and is currently the ACPO spokesman on workforce development.[5]

Before taking up this post at GMP on 1 September 2008, he was the Chief Constable with Cheshire Constabulary, a post he held since 2002. Previous to that he was Assistant Chief Constable at Surrey, and had positions with Hertfordshire and West Midlands forces.[6]

Fahy has previously expressed his frustration at red tape which has been creeping into police forces across the United Kingdom. In July 2011, Fahy commanded his officers to use their common sense and criticised police policies which prevents the police from helping victims or protecting the public in certain cases.[7] In July 2011, Fahy was one of the frontrunners to replace Sir Paul Stephenson as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner[8] but Fahy was lukewarm about taking up such a position.[9]

In July 2013, it was announced that his contract had been extended for a further three years by the Greater Manchester Police Commissioner Tony Lloyd. After 32 years service, Fahy was eligible for retirement and his contract would have ended on 31 August 2013.[10]

Fahy is the Association of Chief police Officers (ACPO) lead of Specials Constabulary.

In January 2014 the Crown Prosecution Service announced that they would be prosecuting Peter Fahy under health and safety legislation over the death of Anthony Grainger.[11][12]

However, in January 2015, William Boyce QC, at Liverpool Crown Court accepted an 'abuse of process' argument from the defence,[13]

Later life[edit]

In October 2015, Fahy was appointed an Honorary Professor of Criminal Justice by the University of Manchester.[14] He gave his first public lecture on 11 November 2015. It was entitled; Thinking about police and public in a more divided world: reflections on 34 years of policing.[15]


Fahy was knighted in the 2012 Birthday Honours 'for services to policing'.[16][17]


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External links[edit]

Police appointments
Preceded by
Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary
Succeeded by
Graeme Gerrard (acting)
David Whatton
Preceded by
Michael J. Todd
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
Succeeded by
Ian Hopkins


  1. ^ a b "FAHY, Sir Peter: Who's Who". Retrieved 13 March 2013. .
  2. ^ "Catholic Police Guild Centenary". 
  3. ^ "Manchester police chief revealed". BBC News website. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Honorary role for Sir Peter Fahy at University of Manchester". BBC News website. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Our Structure". ACPO website. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Fahy new Chief Constable". Manchester Evening News website. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Manchester police officers ordered to ditch red tape". BBC. 9 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "GMP boss among favourites for Met job". 5 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Peter Fahy rules himself out of Met commissioner contest". BBC News. 21 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Williams, Jennifer (17 July 2013). "Sir Peter Fahy to stay on as GMP chief constable for three more years". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Greater Manchester Police chief faces shooting charges". BBC News. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Evans, Martin (16 January 2014). "Chief Constable faces health and safety charge over fatal shooting". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "CPS: Unable to reveal material for 'public interest' reasons". ITV News. 
  14. ^ "Honorary role for Sir Peter Fahy at University of Manchester". BBC News. BBC. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Criminal justice should be part of ‘Devo Manc’ - Sir Peter Fahy". University of Manchester. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 1. 16 June 2012.
  17. ^ Guardian, The (16 June 2012). "Queen's Birthday Honours List 2012: Knights". The Guardian (London).