William C. Harris (police officer)

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Captain William Charles Harris CB was the first Assistant Commissioner (Executive) of the London Metropolitan Police, holding the office from 1856 to 1881. In this office he was in charge of executive business, supplies and buildings.

Harris was commissioned into the 68th Foot. He purchased the ranks of Lieutenant on 8 November 1833[1] and Captain on 9 January 1838.[2] He was appointed second Chief Constable of Hampshire County Constabulary in 1842 and held the post until his appointment as Assistant Commissioner in 1856.[3]

He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) on 12 July 1881.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 19100". The London Gazette. 8 November 1833. p. 2049. 
  2. ^ "No. 19580". The London Gazette. 19 January 1838. p. 150. 
  3. ^ "No. 21857". The London Gazette. 4 March 1856. p. 918. 
  4. ^ "No. 24996". The London Gazette. 15 July 1881. p. 3493. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
First incumbent
Assistant Commissioner (Executive), Metropolitan Police
Succeeded by
Richard Pearson