Jane Stichbury, who is 49, is the first female chief constable to be
appointed as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary. She
in 1999, and during her 26 years police service has served as a
commander and deputy assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan
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.
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
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.