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Sir Paul Condon, QPM

Sir Paul Condon

Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police 1993 - 2000.
Behind him is a portrait of Sir Robert Peel.

Sir Paul Condon took up his appointment as Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on 1st February 1993.

Sir Paul joined the Metropolitan Police in 1967. He served at various stations in the East End including Bethnal Green and Leman Street. He was selected for accelerated promotion in 1970, and between 1972 and 1975 he was a Bramshill Scholar at St. Peter's College, Oxford, where he gained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Jurisprudence.

For three years from 1975 he served as a uniformed inspector in the West End and from 1978 to 1982 was a chief inspector in the Community Relations Branch at New Scotland Yard. During that time he assisted the then Commissioner, Sir David McNee, in his inquiry into the Southall riots of 1979.

Between 1981 and 1982 he served as Superintendent at Bethnal Green. From Autumn 1982 until March 1984 he was the Commissioner's Staff Officer as Superintendent and Chief Superintendent. He then attended the Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College.

Sir Paul then left the Metropolitan Police and joined the Kent Constabulary on promotion as Assistant Chief Constable. During this time he formulated plans for the policing of the Channel Tunnel and was Head of Operations when the Fixed Link Treaty was signed.

In February 1987 he returned to London on promotion as Deputy Assistant Commissioner in charge of West London. In that post he was responsible for policing the 1987 and 1988 Notting Hill Carnivals and was instrumental in formulating the new policing arrangements which emphasised public safety.

He was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, with responsibility for Personnel and Training matters throughout the Metropolitan Police.

He was appointed Chief Constable of Kent in September 1989, and rejoined the Metropolitan Police in 1993 on his appointment as Commissioner. A married man, Sir Paul has a daughter and two sons. His hobbies include swimming and reading. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 1989 Birthday Honours, and made a Companion of the British Institute of Management in 1992. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in November 1992, and is an Honorary Fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford.

Sir Paul Condon was knighted in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours in June 1994. He retired as Commissioner in January 2000.