The man who oversees independent scrutiny into police
forces has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary’s Sir Denis
O’Connor received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
The award was made by the University’s School of Law, Social Sciences and
Communications in recognition of his significant contribution
to effective policing.
Sir Denis said: “I was delighted to have been awarded an
Honorary Degree from the University of Wolverhampton School of Law,
Social Sciences and Communications.
“I have worked with the University over the years, and I value
their focus on the practical application of knowledge. Their
support has enabled HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to provide high
quality professional advice to ensure the UK police force remains
one of the best in the world.”
Sir Denis began his career with the Metropolitan Police,
eventually becoming Assistant Chief Constable in Surrey in 1991. He
was later appointed Deputy Chief of Kent and then Assistant
Commissioner in London, where he led the Metropolitan Police
Service development strategy following the Stephen Lawrence
Enquiry. Before joining the Inspectorate, he was Chief Constable of
Surrey between 2000 and 2004.
In 1996, Sir Denis was awarded the Queen's Police Medal and
later received a CBE in 2002 for his service to policing. He
received a knighthood in 2010 in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Prior to becoming Vice President of the Association of Chief
Police Officers (ACPO) in 2003, he chaired the ACPO Performance
Management Business Area and led the piloting of the National
Reassurance Policing Programme; the pre-cursor to Neighbourhood
Significant analysis, commentary and reviews overseen by Sir
Denis include: the 2005 report ‘Closing the Gap’ which reviewed the
fitness of the current police force structure; issues arising from
the death of Baby P; lessons learned from Stockwell; policing of
public protests in the context of G20; value for money in the
police service; and anti-social behaviour. Recent reviews have also
covered undercover policing; police integrity; the policing of the
August 2011 disorders and policing in austerity.
He received the honorary award at a graduation ceremony at the
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Thursday 13 September 2012.
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