Judith Gillespie is a member of the Garda Policing Authority, and was Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI from 2009 - 2014. She is a Commissioner on the Equality Commission, a Probation Board member, and is a visiting professor at The University of Ulster. Gillespie is a recipient of an honorary Doctotate from Queen’s University Belfast, and was awarded the CBE in 2014.
In 2004, Gillespie was appointed Assistant Chief Constable, making her the first woman to reach chief officer rank in Northern Ireland. She began her policing career when she joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1982, after being turned down twice due to her gender. During her initial training at Enniskillen, she was awarded the Baton of Honour.
When the World Police and Fire Games were held in Belfast in 2013, Gillespie acted as Chair of the Board. She led on the PSNI’s Gender Action Plan and in her final year as Deputy Chief Constable oversaw the first Senior Women in Policing conference to be held in Northern Ireland.
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