Home Secretary confirms appointment of new HM Inspector of Constabulary

Matthew Parr

Matthew Parr

Former Royal Navy Rear-Admiral Matthew Parr took up his post as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary on Monday 1 August. Parr was selected following a rigorous recruitment process which included the necessity for approval by the Prime Minister Theresa May and Her Majesty The Queen.

In the course of his new duties, Parr will now oversee police forces in the London region, non-Home Office forces and the National Crime Agency, and will also have responsibility for inspecting counter-terrorism policing in addition to organised crime policing.

Speaking about the appointment, new Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “I’m delighted to confirm Matthew Parr as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary. Matthew brings a wealth of expertise and experience from his career in the Royal Navy that will be invaluable in his new role, and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Parr has enjoyed a varied and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, gaining wide experience in a range of executive and command roles. This includes time spent as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff and as a commanding officer.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed to this prestigious post,” explained Parr. “Policing is a crucial and demanding public service, and I look forward to using the experience I’ve gained during a rewarding career within the Royal Navy to help promote further reform and improvement.”

The aforementioned recruitment process followed the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice for public appointments. The selection panel was chaired by an OCPA public appointments assessor and comprised a senior civil servant, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and an independent member.

Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, commented: “Matthew Parr brings to HMIC considerable expertise and experience which will be of very great value in our work. I most warmly welcome him to this role. He takes over from Stephen Otter, who left the HMIC in May this year after four years’ distinguished service. In terms of timescales, Matthew has been appointed for a period of five years.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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