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APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW INSPECTORS OF CONSTABULARY

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Jane Stichbury and Denis O'Connor have been appointed Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary, home secretary Davi...
Jane Stichbury and Denis O'Connor have been appointed Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary, home secretary David Blunkett announced today. They will succeed Peter Winship and David Blakey who will retire in August 2004.

Jane Stichbury, who is 49, is the first female chief constable to be

appointed as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary. She

took up her present appointment as chief constable of Dorset Police

in 1999, and during her 26 years police service has served as a

commander and deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan

Police Service.

Denis O'Connor, who is 55, took up his present appointment as chief

constable of Surrey Police in 2000. During his 32-year police career

he has served as an assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan

Police Service and as deputy chief constable with Kent Police.

In addition to their duties as chief constable, Mr O'Connor is

vice-president and Jane Stichbury is third vice-president of the

Association of Chief Police Officers.

Mr Blunkett said:

'I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Denis O'Connor and

Jane Stichbury as regional inspectors of constabulary. Both are

experienced officers who know from having led forces what it is that

makes a police force function well and provide the best possible

service to the public.

'As we press ahead with the next steps in police reform, Denis and

Jane will both have a valuable contribution to make, with HM

Inspectorate of Constabulary, in helping to create a more responsive,

accountable and accessible police service which is embedded in the

community that it serves.'

Mr O'Connor will have responsibility for inspecting forces in Wales and

the Midlands region and Mrs Stichbury will have responsibility for

inspecting forces in the Southern region.

Notes

1. Created in 1856, the statutory role of Her Majesty's Inspectorate

of Constabulary is to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of

policing in England and Wales through inspection of police

organisations and functions. In addition, the Inspectors also play a

broad consultancy role: they provide advice to Home Office Ministers,

Police Authorities and Chief Constables, ensure good practice is

spread and contribute to the selection process for senior police

appointments.

2. HMIC work hand in hand with the Home Office Police Standards Unit

to raise standards of policing across England and Wales.

3. When Denis O'Connor and Jane Stichbury take up their appointments

as Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary the full team will

comprise: Keith Povey (Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of

Constabulary), Ronnie Flanagan and Ken Williams, Robin

Field-Smith and Kate Flannery.

4. Denis O'Connor will have national responsibility for crime matters

within Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and will have the

Inspectorate's responsibility for the National Crime Squad and the

National Criminal Intelligence Service.

5. Biographical Note:

Denis O'Connor, who is 55, has been chief constable of Surrey Police

since 2000. He began his police career as a constable with the

Metropolitan Police Service in 1968, leaving after some 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 was

appointed as an assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police

Service. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1996 and most

recently, in 2001, he received the CBE.

Jane Stichbury, who is 49, has been chief constable of Dorset police

since 1999. She began her police career in 1977, when she joined the

Metropolitan Police Service as a constable. In 1982, she attended

the Special Course at the Police Staff College and thereafter rose

steadily through the ranks until promotion to superintendent in 1992.

In 1995, she was appointed as a commander in the Metropolitan Police

Service and in 1998, was promoted to deputy assistant commissioner in

that force. She was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2000, and in

2004, received the CBE.

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