High-Ranking British Police Officer Brian Paddick to Retire


Commander Brian Paddick, Britain’s (and perhaps the world’s) highest-ranking gay police officer, has announced he’ll be retiring next month after 30 years of service.

Following the London Tube bombings in July 2005, Paddick was thrust into the spotlighthe was being made the fall guy in order to protect the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, following the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian electrician who was mistakenly shot to death in connection with the bombings.

Still, Paddick’s popularity sparked rumors that he was going to get involved in politics as recently as last May.

A 2003 profile in the Guardian noted Paddick’s sense of humor: “Mr Paddick is relaxed enough to laugh at himself and told a gay magazine: ‘My last staff officer got promoted and went to royalty protection. In his leaving card I wrote, ‘Same job, different Queen’.'”

For now, Paddick says he’s going to pursue writing and public speaking, and may produce a documentary on policing. He’s set to retire at the end of May.


  1. rich says

    blah, blah gay visibility, yeah yeah….As always, all that REALLY matters is that this uniform stud is a HOTTIE!

  2. Zeke says

    It may not be ALL that matters, but it sure doesn’t hurt.

    That’s not a gay thing, that’s a man thing.

  3. rich says

    oh, I’m not angry, just turned on.


    and BTW Andy:…I LOVE your reporting, I’m a big fan.

  4. says

    I was lucky enough to meet Brian Paddick at a THT fundraiser here in London last year and can confirm that not only is he handsome, he’s also incredibly charming.

    All that *and* a boundary breaker.


  5. Jack! says

    He is an amazing man. He will be GREATLY missed. I really hope he continues to be in public service.