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Judith Kyle Gillespie OBE is the current Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, appointed in June 2009.

Police career[edit]

Gillespie began her policing career when she joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1982 as a police constable.[1]

In 2003, she attended the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill.[2] In 2004, she was appointed assistant chief constable.[3] This made her the first female to reach chief officer rank in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.[2][1] In June 2009, she was promoted to deputy chief constable, becoming the second most senior police officer in Northern Ireland.[3] She served as acting chief constable from August 2009 to September 2009.[4]

She is set to retire on 31 March 2014.[3]


In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours, Gillespie was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 'for public services'.[5] In July 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queen's University Belfast.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Judith Gillespie, NI's most senior policewoman, to retire". BBC News. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "First female PSNI Assistant Chief Constable appointed". Northern Ireland News. 4NI. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie to retire". Belfast Telegraph. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie OBE". Police Service of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. pp. 9–10. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 07 March 2014.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Paul Leighton
Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
2009 to 2014

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Belfast Telegraph
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:48:45 -0700

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said there would be consequences "both criminal and civil" for those who had posted "sexually explicit" and other smears against her online. She also revealed: * She ...

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Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:03:59 -0700

... (Tanaiste) Eamon Gilmore was among the guest speakers attending the Alliance conference on the outskirts of Belfast. On Friday night, at a pre-conference dinner, Alliance members were addressed by the retiring deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie.

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