Sir Peter Fahy
|Sir Peter during a visit to the University of Salford in 2012|
|Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police|
1 September 2008
|Preceded by||Michael J. Todd|
|Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary|
2002 – 31 October 2008
|Succeeded by||Graeme Gerrard (acting)
18 January 1959 |
|Alma mater||University of Hull
University of East Anglia
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.
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. In July 2011, Fahy was one of the frontrunners to replace Sir Paul Stephenson as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner but Fahy was lukewarm about taking up such a position.
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.
Fahy is the Association of Chief police Officers (ACPO) lead of Specials Constabulary.
However, in January 2015, William Boyce QC, at Liverpool Crown Court accepted an 'abuse of process' argument from the defence, who had argued that evidence which needed to be disclosed in open court in order for the defendant (Fahy) to have a fair trial would not be in the public interest and it would prejudice future Greater Manchester Police operations.
The CPS had no choice but to accept the judge's decision and drop the case against the Greater Manchester Police.
The Police Service is considered to be apolitical and "Peelian" principles uphold that no officer should be politically affiliated. Sir Peter, it is confirmed by a Freedom of Information request however, attended the Conservative Party Conference in September 2013 at a closed invitation only meeting where the lead speaker was Lord Wasserman. This event was organised by the REFORM group.
|Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary
Graeme Gerrard (acting)
Michael J. Todd
|Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
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