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Peter Sheridan O.B.E. M.St. (Cantab) B.Sc (Hons)
Peter officially took over the role of Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland on 1 January 2009. His role is to strategically lead the organisation as it moves into the next phase in its development.
Peter was a police officer for 30 years. He started his police career as a cadet officer in 1978 and spent much of his service in the north west of Northern Ireland in uniformed policing, where he rose through the ranks from Constable to Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Rural Region.
During this time he was heavily involved in the sensitive negotiations between the various parading organisations and the residents groups in Londonderry, which resulted in an accommodation that facilitated a series of peaceful parades in the city centre.
Peter assumed responsibility for Crime Operations Department in February 2006.
In 1999 ACC Sheridan graduated from the FBI Academy. He also holds a BSc Honours degree in Applied Sciences and a diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University. In June 2007 he was awarded the OBE from Her Majesty the Queen and in May 2008 he graduated from Cambridge University with a Master of Studies Degree.
As a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers, he was a member of a number of committees:
- The ACPO Criminal Use of Firearms Committee, which seeks to reduce the threat and harm caused by gun crime and the fear of gun crime through an effective national partnership strategy.
- The ACPO Drugs Committee, which aims to disrupt and reduce supply while at the same time working to achieve demand reduction. Mr Sheridan has particular responsibility for frontiers in the UK, where the drugs are brought in.
- ACPO project sponsor for the IMPACT Programme, designed to deliver a national police information sharing capability that will enhance police ability to fight crime at local, regional and national level.
A former president of the Superintendents Association, Mr Sheridan was also an Area Commander in Newcastle upon Tyne for a short period as part of an exchange programme.