Peter Joslin

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Peter Joslin
Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police
In office
Preceded by Roger Birch
Succeeded by Andrew Timpson
Personal details
Born (1933-10-26) 26 October 1933 (age 83)
Education Essex University
Profession Police officer

Peter Joslin, QPM, DL, (born 26 October 1933), is a former British police officer and Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire. He served as Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, where he held the position for fifteen years from 1983 to 1998, becoming the county's longest serving police chief. In addition at the time of his retirement in 1998 he was also one of the United Kingdom's longest serving police officers, having served for 44 years.


He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. After completing his National Service with the Royal Corps of Signals Joslin joined the Essex Constabulary in 1954. He worked for them for twenty years, serving as both a uniformed and CID officer, and also spent three years at Essex University studying for an honours degree in government and politics. In 1974 he left Essex Police to join the Leicestershire Constabulary, and in 1983 was appointed as Chief Constable of the neighbouring Warwickshire force.[1]

During his career Joslin campaigned on road safety and traffic issues. He also served as chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers traffic committee where he advocated tough drink-driving laws.[1] He was also responsible for the introduction of speed cameras on British roads, but later became a critic of their excessive use.[2] He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1992. He retired from the police in October 1998, having served as Warwickshire Chief Constable for fifteen years, the county's longest serving police officer in that job. His 44-year service also made him Britain's longest serving police officer at the time of his retirement.[1][3]

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire in 1999,[4][5] and is also President of Warwickshire Association for the Blind.[6]

In November 2012 he attracted criticism from the government after urging voters to boycott the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners, saying that it would allow people with little experience of policing to take charge of law enforcement matters.[7] "Here we are changing it so that people with little experience and few qualifications, and certainly little knowledge of the police, could be put in a position where they can go as far as sacking the chief constable."[8] Damian Green, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, branded Joslin's comments as "deeply irresponsible".[8] His remarks also attracted criticism from the three candidates standing in the Warwickshire area.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Councell, Ruth; Jenkins, Sue (20 October 1998). "Warwickshire Police Chief Retires -". Community News. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "icBirmingham - Speed cameras 'have gone too far'". Birmingham Post. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Retired judges, policemen, victims and Elizabeth Hurley: the nation unites behind our Make Britain Safe campaign". Sunday Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. 2 July 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Deputy Lieutenant Commissions" (PDF). London Gazette: Issue No 55542. HM Government of the United Kingdom. 5 July 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Honour for former chief constable". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 12 July 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Award for charity achiever". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Trinity Mirror. 17 September 2002. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Santy, Dan (13 November 2012). "Former police chief calls for election boycott". Stratford Observer. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Ex-chief constable's call to boycott police election". BBC News. BBC. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 

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