John Hill (police officer)

Sir John Maxwell Hill CBE DFC QPM (25 March 1914 – 6 May 2004) was a British police officer.

John Maxwell Hill
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary
In office
Preceded bySir John McKay
Succeeded bySir James Haughton
Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
In office
1 April 1972 – 3 December 1972
Preceded byRobert Mark
Succeeded byJames Starritt
Personal details
Born25 March 1914
Plymouth, Devon, England
Died6 May 2004 (aged 90)
OccupationPolice Officer
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1942-1945
RankFlying Officer
Service number162372
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross

Early lifeEdit

Hill was born in Plymouth, the son of a civil servant. He was educated at Plymouth College and joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable in 1933. In 1938 he was selected for Hendon Police College and passed out the following year.

War yearsEdit

During the Second World War, Hill served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Enlisting in 1942, he was commissioned (from the rank of leading aircraftman) as a pilot officer in February 1944.[1] In August 1944, he was promoted flying officer.[2] In September 1945, while serving with 622 Squadron, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).[3]

Post-war careerEdit

Hill returned to the Metropolitan Police after the war at the rank of inspector.[4] He was later promoted deputy commander at Scotland Yard in 1959. In 1963, he was promoted commander and appointed second-in-command of No.3 District (North-East London). In 1964, he transferred to No.1 District (North-West London) and in 1965 he was appointed one of HM Inspectors of Constabulary.[5][6]

He returned to the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner "A" (Operations and Administration) in October 1966.[7] In 1968 he became Assistant Commissioner "D" (Personnel and Training), and on 1 April 1972 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.[8] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1969.

On 3 December 1972, he became HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.[9][10] He was knighted in the 1974 New Year Honours[11] and retired in 1975.


  1. ^ "No. 36472". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 April 1944. p. 1768.
  2. ^ "No. 36692". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 September 1944. p. 4170.
  3. ^ "No. 37281". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 September 1945. p. 4750.
  4. ^ HMIC Profile
  5. ^ Appointments, The Times, 24 August 1965
  6. ^ "No. 43784". The London Gazette. 8 October 1965. p. 9361.
  7. ^ "Two Police Chiefs Promoted", The Times, 16 March 1966
  8. ^ "New Chief of Metropolitan Police is a reformer of vision", 4 November 1971
  9. ^ "Yard man to be Chief Inspector of Constabulary", The Times, 25 October 1972
  10. ^ "No. 45843". The London Gazette. 5 December 1972. p. 14420.
  11. ^ "No. 46162". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1973. p. 1.


Police appointments
Preceded by
Commander, No.3 District, Metropolitan Police
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Commander, No.1 District, Metropolitan Police
Succeeded by
Preceded by Assistant Commissioner "A", Metropolitan Police
Succeeded by
Preceded by Assistant Commissioner "D", Metropolitan Police
Succeeded by
Preceded by Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
Succeeded by
Preceded by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales
Succeeded by