Sir Albert Kennedy, K.P.M.
Inspector General January 1961 - January 1969
Sir Albert was born in Belfast in 1906, the son of a Detective Sergeant in the RIC/RUC. He joined the RUC as a constable in 1924, having previously served briefly in the USC. He progressed rapidly within the force and became a District Inspector in 1936. Further promotions followed to County Inspector in 1951 and to Deputy Inspector General 6 years later.
In January 1961 Sir Albert succeeded Sir Richard Pim and was appointed Inspector General. He was the third holder of the office and the first to rise through the ranks.
Sir Albert retired from the police service in January 1969, after 44 years - 8 of them in the top post.
During his distinguished police career Sir Albert was awarded the King's Police Medal in 1947 and was knighted in 1965. he became an authority on many aspects of policing, adding to his wealth of practical experience by closely studying police methods and methods and administration throughout Great Britain, Europe and America. He was the architect of a major re-organisation of the RUC in 1967 which improved conditions od service, including a 42 hour week and a new system of mobile patrolling.
After leaving the RUC Sir Albert took up a career in the business world.
Sir Albert Kennedy died aged 85 in 1991.