Paul Leighton retired as Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in May 2009.
He has worked in policing in Northern Ireland and the north east of England and dealt with the aftermath of the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994 when 25 police and service personnel lost their lives.
From late 1994 to early 1996 he was seconded to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), where he assisted in the inspection of a number of English police forces. He is a law graduate and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2005 and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2010. Paul has also been involved in a review of the Northern Ireland prison system for the Department of Justice.