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Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie OBE

DCC Gillespie

Judith Gillespie has been the Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland since June 2009.  

She joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 1982 and became the first ever female Chief Officer (Assistant Chief Constable) in the history of Northern Ireland policing in May 2004.  

A native of North Belfast, Judith’s experience of growing up in one of the most Troubles affected areas of Northern Ireland placed in her a desire to want to help people and from an early age she set her sights on becoming a police officer.

She is passionate about making sure that policing makes a real and meaningful difference in those areas that matter most, helping vulnerable victims, and ensuring others realise their full potential.  In that regard in 2007/08 she spent time on attachment to the Police Staff College in Bramshill, Hampshire as a Syndicate Director on the Strategic Command Course, helping to support, develop and train future police leaders in the UK police service.  

Academic successes include a BA Honours in Public Policy and Administration, a Masters in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University and Judith is also a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute.

Judith was appointed Acting Chief Constable in August 2009 and continued in that role until the appointment of Matt Baggott in September 2009.  

In her role as Deputy Chief Constable she has responsibility amongst many other things for the PSNI’s Diversity Strategy and Gender Action Plan.

Judith received an OBE in the Birthday Honours List, June 2009 and an Honorary Doctorate for public service from Queen’s University in July 2012.

Judith likes to keep fit and can often be seen running the streets of her local neighbourhood.  She frequently takes part in charity runs and one of her highlights was successfully completing the Great North Run in 2011.