Having grown up in Luton, David's first introduction to the police was a three-day summer holiday course with Bedfordshire Police. Following this, he went on to serve for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police force, working his way up from a police cadet to Detective Chief Inspector with New Scotland Yard.
During a career spanning three decades, David served across multiple special departments.
He investigated allegations against police officers in the Professional Standards Department.
He worked as a team leader in the Child Protection Team for a London borough, working with social and educational services in the area.
And he served as a team leader in the Serious Crime Directorate, investigating some of the most heinous and high-profile crimes.
Following his retirement, David remained active in community and charity work.
He has been involved with cancer awareness organisations, he chaired the Lewisham Community Police Consultive Group and has played a significant role working with charities honouring police officers killed in the line of duty.
In the 2020 New Year's Honours List, he received an MBE for Services to the Community.