John Corrigan, Assistant Chief Constable, is the coordinator of Counter Terrorism for The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS). In 1975, age 17, John Corrigan followed family tradition by becoming a Police Cadet in his local Ayrshire Constabulary, which then amalgamated with others to create Strathclyde Police. His time as Constable, Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Inspector and Superintendent was spent throughout the Strathclyde Police area, in uniform and CID Operations at every rank. When Detective Sergeant, he was seconded to the Lockerbie investigation, firstly in London, then Lockerbie itself.
More recently, following a period with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland he returned to Strathclyde as Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander of Ayrshire. During 2004, he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with an initial portfolio of ‘Crime’ which included Counter Terrorism, CID Operations, Child Protection, Criminal Intelligence, Crime Management and Forensic Science. The increasing scope and complexity of the Counter Terrorism agenda generated a review which produced a new post, unique in Scotland. Jointly funded by the local Police Board and the Scottish Government, John now fulfils 2 linked roles. Still Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, his force remit is limited essentially to Special Branch and corporate governance. Beyond Strathclyde, as the ACPOS Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism, he is central to the development of consistent Counter Terrorism policing throughout Scotland and linking ACPOS Counter Terrorism policies with those of key partners.
Married with 2 sons, John is a graduate of the Accelerated Promotion Scheme, Strategic Command Course and the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Programme (LinCT), which brings Law Enforcement and Counter Terrorism Leaders together with academia across 3 continents. During 2007, John was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of LinCT.