Peter McCall (police commissioner)

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Peter McCall
Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Preceded byRichard Rhodes
Personal details
Political partyConservative
EducationThe Nelson Thomlinson School
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1982–2016
UnitRoyal Logistic Corps
CommandsRoyal Logistic Corps
Battles/warsCold War
Bosnian War

Colonel Peter Joseph McCall is a British conservative politician and former British Army officer. Since May 2016, he has served as the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Early life and education[edit]

McCall was educated at The Nelson Thomlinson School, a comprehensive school in Wigton, Cumbria. He became head boy of his school.[1] From 1979 to 1982, he studied at the University of Strathclyde, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[2]


Military career[edit]

On 3 September 1982, McCall was commissioned as a second lieutenant (on probation) (university candidate).[3] In May 1983, his commission was confirmed and he was promoted to lieutenant with seniority from 3 September 1982.[4] He was promoted to captain on 12 October 1986.[5] On 15 July 1987, he transferred from a Short Service Commission to a Regular Commission, thereby allowing him to serve in the army until retirement age.[6]

On 30 September 1992, having attended Staff College, McCall was promoted to major.[7] He saw active service during the Bosnian War, where he commanded a squadron in Bosnia.[1] On 30 June 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.[8] On 30 June 2007, he was promoted to colonel.[9] From June 2009 to November 2011, he served as the Regimental Colonel of the Royal Logistic Corps (IE its professional head).[2][10] From 2012 to 2015, he was HR Director for the Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).[11]

On 6 April 2016, McCall retired from the British Army.[12]

Political career[edit]

On 5 May 2016, McCall was elected the Police and Crime Commissioner of Cumbria Constabulary. He received 32,569 votes in the first round and then won with 41,345 votes in the next round after second preference votes were added.[13] The turnout was 25.61%.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Army colonel who led Ebola relief effort standing for Cumbria police role". North West Evening Mail. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Peter McCall". LinkedIn. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "No. 49156". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 November 1982. p. 14265.
  4. ^ "No. 49352". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 May 1983. p. 6652.
  5. ^ "No. 50690". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 October 1986. p. 13571.
  6. ^ "No. 51115". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 November 1987. p. 13838.
  7. ^ "No. 53068". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 October 1992. pp. 16672–16674.
  8. ^ "No. 55543". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 July 1999. pp. 7302–7303.
  9. ^ "No. 58381". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 2007. pp. 9548–9549.
  10. ^ "RLC soldiers receive Afghanistan campaign medals". Ministry of Defence. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Cumbria". The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  12. ^ "No. 61551". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 April 2016. p. 8519.
  13. ^ "Conservative Peter McCall elected Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Peter McCall is Cumbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner". North West Evening Mail. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.