Stephen Otter

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Mr Stephen Otter

Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police
In office
January 2007 – March 2012
Preceded byMaria Wallis
Succeeded byShaun Sawyer
Personal details
Stephen Otter

24 May 1962
ProfessionSenior Police Officer

Stephen Otter QPM (born 24 May 1962)[1] is a former Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, a post he held from joining the force in January 2007 [2] until his departure in March 2012.

Mr Stephen Otter was previously the Deputy Chief Constable at Avon & Somerset Constabulary, and has also served during his career with Thames Valley Police, the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.[2] He was the Association of Chief Police Officers’ ACPO lead on race and diversity[2] during his time at Devon and Cornwall Police.

Chief Constable Otter was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year Honours list of 2008.[3]

He now works at Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, overseeing the National Team.[4] As of 2015, Otter was paid a salary of between £190,000 and £194,999 by the department, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[5]


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays", The Guardian, p. 58, 24 May 2014
  2. ^ a b c "Chief Officer Group". Devon & Cornwall Police. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  3. ^ "New Year honours list: Sundries: Queen's Police Medal and Queen's Fire Service Medal". The Guardian. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  4. ^ "Who We Are". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13.

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