Hugh Orde

Sir Hugh Stephen Roden Orde, OBE, QPM (born 27 August 1958) is a British police officer who was the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, representing the 44 police forces of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Between 2002 and 2009, he was the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Sir Hugh Orde
Orde, speaking at the NHS Confederation Conference in 2012.
Born (1958-08-27) 27 August 1958 (age 62)
London, United Kingdom
Other namesHugh Stephen Roden Orde
Police career
CountryUnited Kingdom
DepartmentPolice Service of Northern Ireland
RankChief constable
AwardsOrder of the British Empire, Queen's Police Medal


Orde joined London's Metropolitan Police Service in 1977. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming a Superintendent in the Territorial Support Group. Later, as Commander responsible for the service's Community Safety and Partnership section, Orde took part in the latter phase of the enquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and its subsequent handling by the police.[citation needed]

He became a member (known as a 'graduate') of Common Purpose UK and attended the Matrix course in West London 1994/95.[citation needed]

While he was a Deputy assistant commissioner, Orde was assigned to the senior staff of the Stevens Report, which investigated government collusion in sectarian killings in Northern Ireland. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001.

Hugh Orde was appointed Chief Constable of the PSNI (which replaced the Royal Ulster Constabulary) on 29 May 2002, taking over from Acting Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn. He was knighted for his services to policing in 2005.

In April 2009, he announced he was stepping down as Chief Constable of Northern Ireland to become President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), assuming the position in the following autumn.[1] In 2010 he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

In a 2010 speech at Oxford in which he discussed the threat of the dissident Irish republican campaign, Orde suggested that "To borrow a phrase from the past, we may be at an 'acceptable level of violence'—albeit at a far lower level than when the phrase was first coined", given that dissident republicans were unlikely to respond to negotiation. Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jimmy Spratt called Orde's comments "outrageous" and an insult to those killed by dissident republicans.[2]

Orde holds a degree in Public Administration (BA) from the University of Kent. After his retirement from Northern Ireland he became director of the Police National Assessment Centre.

Police Roll of Honour Trust

In November 2013 Hugh Orde took up the role of Patron of the national police charity the Police Roll of Honour Trust, joining Stephen House and Bernard Hogan-Howe as joint patrons.[3]


Knight Bachelor (Kt)
  • 2005
Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • 2001
  • Officer
  • Civil Division
Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
  • 2010
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • UK Version of this Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • UK Version of this Medal
Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal