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Sir Anthony Barnard CBE QPM (born 1940) is a retired British police officer. Barnard held the rank of Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations at London's Metropolitan Police, the highest-ranking officer responsible for counter-terrorism in the United Kingdom. He has spoken for the Association of Chief Police Officers, first on drugs policy, and later on counter-terrorism.

Born in Canterbury in 1940, Barnard is married and has three children. He joined Essex Police from school in 1968, rising to the rank of superintendent in 1985 and subsequently to chief superintendent in 1987. In 1988, Barnard transferred to the Metropolitan Police and gained the rank of commander, taking charge of the force's drugs unit, before moving on to head the Directorate of Professional Standards and to serve as an aide to the deputy commissioner. From 1988 to 1990, Barnard was also the spokesman on drugs for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

In 1992, Barnard was appointed Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary, a role in which he established the county's Major Investigation Unit, responsible for providing a quick response to serious crime in Norfolk. While chief constable, Barnard was awarded the Queen's Police Medal and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


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