David O'Dowd

Sir David Joseph O'Dowd, CBE, OStJ, QPM (born 20 February 1942) was Chief Inspector of Constabulary[1] from 1996 until 2001.[2]

O'Dowd was educated at Gartree High School, University of Leicester, the Open University and the University of Aston.[3] He joined the Leicester City Police in 1961 rising to the rank of Chief Inspector. In 1977 he joined the West Midlands Police as a Superintendent. In 1984, along with John Smith and Wyn Jones, he was one of a trio of young provincial rising stars who were appointed to the rank of deputy assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police as part of Commissioner Sir Kenneth Newman's drive for modernisation,[4] becoming head of strategic planning. He was Chief Constable of the Northamptonshire Police from 1986 until 1993. He was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 2007.[5]


  1. ^ The Independent (UK newspaper, 1986 to 2016)
  2. ^ HMIC Profile
  3. ^ Debretts
  4. ^ "Provincial policemen join Yard's top ranks", The Times, 18 August 1984
  5. ^ ‘O’DOWD, Sir David (Joseph)’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015 ; online edn, Nov 2015 accessed 15 May 2016
Police appointments
Preceded by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
1996 –2001
Succeeded by