David Blakey was Chief Constable of West Mercia 1991-1999, and President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) 1997-98.
He was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary 1999-2004 and inspected police forces to determine their effectiveness and efficiency across England and Wales and in some overseas dependencies.
In 2000, following the publication of the McPherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence he conducted an examination of how the investigation of murder in the Metropolitan Police could be improved and later carried out the same exercise in Northern Ireland.
In 2002 he was a member of the Oversight Panel chaired by Bishop John Sentamu looking at the Damilola Taylor murder enquiry.
He was Vice-Chairman of the Police Restructuring Commission for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004-2005.
He has published major reports on how the police use of DNA and fingerprints could be improved, on how Special Branch organisation and functions could be updated, and on the experience of rape victims of the criminal justice system.