Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sir David. He was a well-respected Chief Constable who made a huge contribution to policing and to the people of Greater Manchester. This was both as Chief Constable between 1991 and 2002 and in 2005-2006 as High Sheriff. Sir David showed brave leadership after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry by publicly stating that GMP was institutionally racist and by establishing Operation Catalyst which was set up to take the Force forward.
“He led the force through many other challenges and the day to day pressures of policing such a busy area. He was involved in much charity work before and after his retirement and was an important contributor to the national policing debate during a time of much change . He was a thoroughly decent man and very good company.”