William Taylor (police officer)
Taylor was educated at Blairgowrie High School, Perthshire, Scotland. In 1966 he joined the Metropolitan Police in London as a Constable. He later joined the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as a Detective Constable and served at police stations in Central London until 1976, when, as a Detective Chief Inspector, he was transferred to the Community Relations Branch at Scotland Yard. In 1978 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent and assigned to the Central Drugs Squad. In 1980 he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent and became staff officer to Commissioner Sir David McNee. In 1982 he was promoted to Commander, the youngest officer of chief officer rank in the Metropolitan Police, and was appointed Commander CID (North East London). The following year he was appointed Commander Hackney and Stoke Newington (back in uniform), and in January 1985 he became Commander Flying Squad, in which role he also headed No. 9 Regional Crime Squad.
However, a few months later, in July 1985, Taylor was appointed Assistant Commissioner (deputy head) of the City of London Police and in 1989 Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police. In 1990 he returned to the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations (ACSO). In 1994 he was appointed Commissioner of Police of the City of London. In 1996 he was one of three contenders for the post of Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, but lost out to Ronnie Flanagan. In 1998 he was appointed one of HM Inspectors of Constabulary and the following year was appointed HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, a post he held until his retirement in 2001. In 2003 he headed the Metropolitan Police inquiry into the collapse of the theft case against former royal butlers Paul Burrell and Harold Brown in 2002.
- "Youth's death used to fuel mistrust of the police", The Times, 21 June 1983
- "Young man leads fraud squad", The Times, 29 December 1984
- "Police at sixes and eights", The Times, 31 December 1984
- "Latest appointments", The Times, 17 July 1985
- "New chief constable for RUC is chosen", The Times, 30 August 1996
- "No one to blame for £5m Burrell fiasco", The Times, 12 April 2003
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