Sir David Thompson is our Chief Constable, and has been since 2016. Before this, he joined us as Deputy Chief Constable in 2010.


In his current role, Sir David sets our direction alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan. He wants to create a modern police service that:

  • prevents crime
  • protects people
  • helps those in need

Alongside his role as Chief Constable, Sir David is:

  • Vice Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC)
  • Senior Responsible Officer of the NPCC Inclusion & Race Programme Board
  • NPCC Chair of Police Heritage Board
  • Chair of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Security Board
  • Director of the Bluelight Commercial Ltd Company

Before joining us, Sir David worked for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for 20 years. He has a degree in Law from the University of Liverpool.


During his time with GMP, he led on:

  • policing the 2002 Commonwealth Games
  • policing Central Manchester
  • portfolios for operations, local policing and terrorism, amongst others

Sir David received a knighthood in 2021 and the Queen’s Police Medal in 2014 for services to policing. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands in 2020 for his work in the community.

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