Chief Constable Dave Thompson joined Greater Manchester Police in 1990 after graduating in Law at Liverpool University.
During his career in Greater Manchester Police he served at every rank, starting as a constable in North Manchester. His career highlights included working on the Manchester Olympic bid and leading work on New Deal for East Manchester. He commanded the main policing operations for the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium including the opening and closing ceremonies. He was also Commander for central Manchester, policing the diverse communities of Moss Side and Longsight.
In 2007 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police and at various times led policing portfolios for Operations, Local Policing, Crime, Information Technology and Terrorism. At a national level he led the 2010 review of National Counter Terrorism structures.
In 2010, he became Deputy Chief Constable for West Midlands Police and oversaw the start of force’s change programme, WMP2020.
Since 2011 he has led the National Gangs portfolio and the Criminal use of Firearms portfolio, where he leads the UK’s response to gun crime. In 2015 he became the NPCC lead for Finance.
In January 2016 he was appointed Chief Constable and sets the strategic direction for the force within the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Plan. He is committed to delivering a modern policing service that prevents crime, protects people and offers help to those in need.
CC Thompson was awarded the QPM in 2014 for services to policing.