Patrick was born and raised in Morayshire, and moved to Aberdeen where he attended University and graduated with degrees in Arts and Law, before joining Grampian Police in 1983.

He has operated at a senior level in policing since 2001 when he was appointed Assistant and then Deputy Chief Constable of Grampian Police, before taking up the post as Chief Constable in Dumfries and Galloway in 2007. He was the President for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland for two years.

Patrick has always been actively involved in partnership working and has chaired the local Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and the Youth Justice Partnership for six years. He has a keen interest in all things local, and social justice. He enjoys most sports and keeping fit.