HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services
Matt Parr, CB

Matt Parr


Matt Parr joined the Royal Navy straight from Durham University. A submariner by specialisation, he has also commanded above the waves and ashore.

Much of his career was spent at sea; but among his shore appointments he was responsible for the Navy’s inspection regime and also led a Ministry of Defence-wide team conducting studies for ministers. As a Rear-Admiral he was a member of the Navy Board. He was head of the Submarine Service and was the Navy’s Director of Operations. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2013.

Brought up in London, he now lives in the West Country but is responsible for the forces based in the capital, the national special forces and those in Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

Matt Parr was appointed as HM Inspector of Constabulary in August 2016 and HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services in July 2017 when our remit was extended to include those services.

National role

Matt is responsible for the following of HMICFRS’s national functions:

  • counter-terrorism

Regional role for police forces

Matt Parr is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Constabulary for the London and National Regions and deals with the following police forces:

London and National Region:

  • Bedfordshire Police
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • City of London Police
  • British Transport Police
  • National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary
  • Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency
  • Guernsey Police
  • Royal Gibraltar Police
  • State of Jersey Police
  • Isle of Man Constabulary
  • Other forces by invitation.

Northern Region:

  • Cheshire Constabulary
  • Cleveland Police
  • Cumbria Constabulary
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Humberside Police
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • Merseyside Police
  • Northumbria Police
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Police.

Regional role for fire & rescue services

Matt Parr is Her Majesty’s Inspector of the Fire & Rescue Services for the London and South Central, and Northern Regions and deals with the following fire & rescue services:

London and South Central Region:

  • Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Northern Region:

  • Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Cleveland Fire Brigade
  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
  • County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
  • Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
  • Northumbria Fire and Rescue Service
  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service