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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

May 8, 2009: Home Secretary Names HMIC Chief

Following approval by the Queen, Chief Inspector Denis O’Connor has been appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced today.

The preferred candidate in the appointment of the Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary is considered by the Home Affairs Select Committee. Mr O’Connor was identified following a rigorous selection process, validated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The post became vacant after the retirement of Sir Ronnie Flanagan last year.

Denis O’Connor has been an Inspector of Constabulary since 2004. He was appointed acting Chief Inspector on 1 December 2008. He began his police career as a constable with the Metropolitan Police Service in 1968, leaving after two years. He rejoined in 1974, as a graduate entrant and thereafter rose steadily through the ranks. In 1985, he was appointed as a superintendent in Surrey Police, before returning to the Metropolitan Police Service as a chief superintendent in 1988.

Within the Metropolitan Police he rose to the rank of commander. In 1993, he was appointed deputy chief constable in Kent Police, a post he held until 1997, when he returned to the Metropolitan Police as an assistant commissioner.

In 2000 he was appointed Chief Constable of Surrey Police, a post he held until he was appointed Inspector of Constabulary. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 1996 and more recently, in 2001, he received the CBE.