Colin Woods

Sir Colin Philip Joseph Woods KCVO CBE QPM (20 April 1920–27 January 2001) was a British police officer in the London Metropolitan Police, who was also the first Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, from 1979 to 1982.

Born in London, Woods was the son of a Metropolitan Police Sub-Divisional Inspector and was educated at Finchley Grammar School. He served in the King's Royal Rifle Corps and the Royal Ulster Rifles (into which he was commissioned in February 1944) throughout the Second World War, from 1939 to 1946, and then joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable, rising through the ranks to Deputy Commander.

In 1966, he was promoted Commander (Traffic) and in 1968 Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Management Services). The following year he was appointed Commandant of Bramshill Police College, and in 1970 returned to the Met as Assistant Commissioner "B" (Traffic). On 31 March 1972 he was moved to be Assistant Commissioner "C" (Crime). This caused a certain amount of controversy, since he had never previously served in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which he was now taking over. Robert Mark, the new Commissioner, had already stated that he believed uniformed and CID officers should be interchangeable in senior posts, and Woods's appointment was the first example of this policy. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1973 Birthday Honours. In 1975, Mark appointed Woods Deputy Commissioner. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 1977 Birthday Honours.

On 1 August 1977, Woods was appointed HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary. He held this post for two years until he was asked to establish the new Australian Federal Police in 1979. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in the 1980 New Year Honours.

Police appointments
Preceded by
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Commander (Traffic), Metropolitan Police
1966–1968
Succeeded by
Henry Hunt
Preceded by
Unknown
Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Management Services), Metropolitan Police
1968–1969
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
John Gaskain
Commandant of the National Police College
1969–1970
Succeeded by
John Alderson
Preceded by
James Starritt
Assistant Commissioner "B", Metropolitan Police
1970–1972
Succeeded by
Henry Hunt
Preceded by
Peter Brodie
Assistant Commissioner "C", Metropolitan Police
1972–1975
Succeeded by
Jock Wilson
Preceded by
Sir James Starritt
Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
1975–1977
Succeeded by
Patrick Kavanagh
Preceded by
Sir James Haughton
HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales
1977–1979
Succeeded by
James Crane
Preceded by
First incumbent
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police
1979–1982
Succeeded by
Ronald Grey

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