Paul Condon, Baron Condon

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Paul Leslie Condon, Baron Condon, QPM, DL, FRSA (born 10 March 1947) is a retired British police officer. He was the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (covering London) from 1993 to 2000.


Condon read Jurisprudence at St Peter's College, Oxford and was made an Honorary Fellow in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Companion of the Institute of Management. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in 1989 and was knighted in 1994.



He joined the police in 1967. He became Chief Constable of Kent in 1988 and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in 1993 at the age of 45, the youngest person to do so. His tenure of as head of the Metropolitan Police Service was marked by the Stephen Lawrence case, which became a major controversy. The subsequent public Macpherson Report found the force to be "institutionally racist" and that the failure to arrest and successfully prosecute those believed guilty brought about many changes in the way the Metropolitan Police investigated murder within the capital. In 1995, Condon attracted controversy and media attention for stating that most muggers are black. Other challenges Condon faced was Irish republican terrorism, the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and the millennium celebrations, police corruption, which led to 70 people being charged, 100 police officers suspended and...
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