Independent member of the College of Policing Board
Sir Denis O'Connor is a lecturer and advisor at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He is an Independent Non Executive Director of the Board of the College of Policing.He was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary between 2009-12. Prior to joining the Inspectorate in 2004, he was Chief Constable of Surrey between 2000 and 2004.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Southampton University and an MSc in Social Policy from the Cranfield Institute of Technology.In 2011, he was awarded a place in George Mason University's 'Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame'. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Wolverhampton University in September 2012.
As Chief Constable he led the piloting of the National Reassurance Policing Programme, the pre-cursor to Neighbourhood Policing.
At the Inspectorate his team provided support to the Olympics Programme in testing the Olympic assurance process. He introduced Value for Money profiles for all police forces in England and Wales in 2008/9 to assist comparisons to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness during austerity. This was been followed by a series of studies to track police availability (2010) and the preparedness of police forces and authorities for the austerity spending period (2011,2012); police relationships with the media and other parties (2011).
He has also contributed to the Scarman Inquiry (1981, the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (1999), and the Leveson Inquiry (2012). He received the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in 1996, CBE in 2002, and knighted in 2010.