David Whatton

David Whatton
David Whatton
Nationality British
Occupation Chief Constable
Employer Cheshire Constabulary
Predecessor Peter Fahy QPM
Successor Incumbent

David Whatton QPM is currently the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary. He previously held roles at West Midlands and Greater Manchester police forces.


David Whatton joined the West Midlands Police in April 1983.[1] In December 2002 he joined Greater Manchester Police from the West Midlands Police as Assistant Chief Constable and became Deputy Chief Constable.[1]

He assumed the role of Acting Chief Constable for GMP after the death of Michael J. Todd, the Chief Constable who died in Snowdonia on March 11, 2008.[2]

In October 2008 it was announced Whatton was to become the new Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary when the previous incumbent, Peter Fahy,[3] became the new Chief Constable of GMP. He took up the role officially on 1 December 2008.[1] In January 2010 he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal.[4]

Whatton holds the national portfolio for rape and serious sexual offending on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).[1]

Personal life

Mr Whatton is married and has three teenage children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Chief Constable - David Whatton". Cheshire Constabulary website. http://cheshire.police.uk/showcontent.php?pageid=1157. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Police chief's 'apology' to wife". BBC website. April 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7341964.stm. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Cheshire Police reveals new Chief Constable". October 2008. http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-news/chester-breaking-news/2008/10/23/cheshire-police-reveals-new-chief-constable-59067-22105146/. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Top cop lands Queen’s Police Medal". This is Cheshire. January 2010. http://www.thisischeshire.co.uk/news/4838141.Top_cop_lands_Queen___s_Police_Medal/. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Alan Green
Greater Manchester Police
Deputy Chief Constable

Succeeded by
Ian Seabridge (Acting)
Preceded by
Michael J. Todd
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (Acting)
March 2008– September 2008
Succeeded by
Peter Fahy
Preceded by
Graeme Gerrard (Acting)
Cheshire Constabulary
Chief Constable

December 2008 –
Succeeded by
Current Position