Michael J. Todd

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Michael James Todd

Born(1957-08-10)10 August 1957
Essex, England
Died11 March 2008(2008-03-11) (aged 50)
Bwlch Glas, Snowdon, Wales
OccupationChief Constable
EmployerGreater Manchester Police

Michael James Todd QPM (10 August 1957 – 11 March 2008[1]) was Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from October 2002 until his death.


Todd grew up in Essex where he attended the Billericay School and later attended the University of Essex,[2] he graduated with a first class honours degree in government in 1989 and a master's degree in politics in 1994.[3][4] The university named him the alumnus of the year in 2003 for his contributions to policing and the community,[5] he joined Essex Police in 1976, and the Metropolitan Police on a management exchange programme.

Todd was appointed an Assistant Chief Constable in Nottinghamshire in 1995, initially managing support services and then operational policing. In 1998, he was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner back in the Metropolitan Police. In 2000, following his promotion to Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, he was responsible for Territorial Policing, covering all 32 London Boroughs. In 2002, he was selected as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from 2002 and in 2006 he became a vice-president of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), both posts he held until his death.[6]

Investigation of CIA extraordinary rendition flights[edit]

Todd investigated on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers the extraordinary rendition flights conducted by the CIA to transport detainees.[7]

Taser demonstration[edit]

Todd allowed himself to be hit by a taser in 2005 to demonstrate that the stun guns were safe; this was an effort to have them more widely issued to police officers. "I couldn't move, it hurt like hell," he said after recovering. "I wouldn't want to do that again."[8]

Investigation into malpractice[edit]

In 2012, it was announced that Police officials were examining new claims of financial malpractice against Todd. Greater Manchester's new Police Commissioner appealed for information about the former chief constable of the force; the claims centred on Todd's role in drawing up unique contracts that allowed some staff to get enormous payoffs when they left the force. Tony Lloyd, a former Labour Foreign Office minister, who had just been elected Police Commissioner for the force, was given a report into allegations of possible financial malpractice, including 'golden goodbye' redundancy packages of up to £300,000.

Personal life[edit]

He was married with three children; a daughter and twin boys, his social interests included Warhammer (Space Marines), computer gaming and reading, particularly military and political biographies.


After Todd was reported missing by Greater Manchester Police, rescue teams from Llanberis, North Wales, started a search for him at 01:00 on 11 March 2008. After being alerted by hill walkers who found personal possessions, they found Todd's body in the Bwlch Glas area of Snowdon;[9] the post-mortem report initially found "no obvious cause" of death.[10]

After his death, Manchester Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Angie Robinson was reported to have been having an affair with Todd, it was later revealed that he was conducting affairs with up to 38 women. Todd's widow Carolyn paid tribute to "a caring and loving father and husband."[11]

The inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on 13 March 2008; the inquest ruled that Todd had died from exposure, essentially freezing to death having been only lightly clothed on the slopes of Snowdon.[12]


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Queens Police Medal for Merit.png Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
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  • 2002
  • UK Version of this Medal
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  1. ^ Michael Todd: The Times obituary. The Times. London. 12 March 2008
  2. ^ "UPDATE: Tributes to Chief Constable". Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Profile: Mike Todd". BBC News. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  4. ^ Fahey, John (11 March 2008). "Michael Todd: profile". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  5. ^ "University of Essex Alumni Website". Retrieved 15 March 2008.
  6. ^ Fahey, John (11 March 2008). "Michael Todd: profile". The Independent. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Police deny 'extraordinary rendition' flights". Telegraph. 10 June 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  8. ^ Chief constable hit by Taser gun. BBC News. 5 July 2005.
  9. ^ "Top UK police chief is found dead". BBC. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  10. ^ "No 'Obvious Cause' Of Top Cop's Death". Sky News. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  11. ^ "Todd inquest hears of drink level". BBC News. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
  12. ^ "Widow forgives dead police chief". BBC News. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2008.

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Police appointments
Preceded by
First incumbent
Metropolitan Police Service
Assistant Commissioner (Policy, Review and Standards)

Succeeded by
Tarique Ghaffur
Preceded by
Ian Johnston
Metropolitan Police Service
Assistant Commissioner (Territorial Policing)

Succeeded by
Tim Godwin
Preceded by
David Wilmott
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
Succeeded by
Peter Fahy