Common Purpose P&C Commissioner

This won’t be attributed, in order to protect the innocent who would no doubt be checked out by this person’s henchmen:

Look who my new Police and Crime Commissioner is…… A Common Purpose grad with a history of running thugs and incompetents.

Sir William Ian Ridley Johnston, CBE, QPM, DL

Ian Johnston joined the Metropolitan Police in 1965 and served as Staff Officer to former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Peter Imbert. In 1982, he graduated from London School of Economics with a first in Social Administration.

Having completed the Senior Command Course at Bramshill, Johnston moved to Kent Constabulary in 1989, where he served as Assistant Chief Constable in charge of first Administration and Supply, and then Operations, before moving back to the Metropolitan Police in 1992 as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner.

In 1994 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner for the South East London area, but in 1999 moved to Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Territorial Policing in 2000.

On 1st May 2001 he became Chief Constable of British Transport Police.  In September 2009 Sir Ian retired from the British Transport Police and was succeeded by Andrew Trotter OBE QPM

Johnston came to media attention having given evidence before the enquiry[2] and following the publication of the Macpherson Report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.[3] On behalf of the Metropolitan Police, Johnston apologised to the Lawrence family for institutionalised racism;[4] but controversially argued that race can legitimately be used by police as a basis for stop and search.[5] Johnston reiterated this argument in the aftermath of the London Tube bombings in 2005.[6] Johnston had been mooted as being the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police after the retirement of Sir John Stevens in 2005. Sir John had described Johnston as a “substantial figure” at the Met,[7] and noted that following his departure for British Transport Police Johnston was missed. The role of Commissioner was to be given to Sir Ian Blair.

After retiring from BTP, Ian Johnston was appointed Director of Security and Resilience at LOCOG, for the London 2012 Olympics. In post, he was responsible for signing the contract with G4S,[8] which in July 2012 led to the announcement that British troops would be deployed at the Olympics to cover shortfalls.[9] According to an insider from LOCOG talking to Newsnight, “there was inadequate scrutiny”, “the management of security at Locog was “thoroughly amateurish and incompetent”“, and “It was the wrong strategy, to use only one company”, compared with the approach of LOCOG’s event services division.[10]

Ian Johnston currently holds the chair (since April 2005) of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Crime Business Area

5 comments for “Common Purpose P&C Commissioner

  1. Greg Tingey
    November 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    “Crime Business Area”
    Presumably so that the crimnals, & the police can do successful business?

  2. November 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I expect G4S pay good commission, no pun intended. 🙂

  3. ivan
    November 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I still want to know why a private company (ACPO) is running the police farces of the UK.

  4. November 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    All good points.

  5. Robert Edwards
    November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I fail to understand how anyone can obtain anything like a first class honours degree in social adminstration. Surely a contradiction in terms…

    Oh, I see; it’s from the LSE…

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