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Judith Kyle Gillespie, CBE is a retired senior police officer. She was the Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, between June 2009 and March 2014.

Early life[edit]

Gillespie was born and raised in North Belfast.[1] She completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in public policy and administration. She went on to study for a Masters degree in applied criminology at the University of Cambridge.[1]

Police career[edit]

Gillespie began her policing career when she joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1982 as a police constable.[2] She had previously been rejected by the RUC because of her gender.[3]

In 2003, she attended the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill.[4] In 2004, she was appointed assistant chief constable.[5] This made her the first female to reach chief officer rank in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.[4][2] In June 2009, she was promoted to deputy chief constable, becoming the second most senior police officer in Northern Ireland.[5] She served as acting chief constable from August 2009 to September 2009.[6] In March 2011, she was given the opportunity to retire early with a £500,000 severance package but choose to continue her career.[3]

A keen sports woman, she played hockey and squash for the RUC.[7] In 2013, when the World Police and Fire Games was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she served as the Chair of the Board.[8][9]

She retired from the police on 31 March 2014.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Gillespie is married and has two daughters.[10]

She took up running after the death of the sister-in-law from cancer. She has completed the Belfast Marathon relay, Race for Life and the Great North Run, raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.[7]

Honours[edit]

Gillespie was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours for public service,[11] and promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to policing and the community in Northern Ireland.[12] In July 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queen's University Belfast.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Young, David (13 March 2014). "I'm leaving PSNI on my own terms, insists Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Judith Gillespie, NI's most senior policewoman, to retire". BBC News. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Young, David (13 March 2014). "Judith Gillespie: I'll sue over vile online sex slurs says Northern Ireland's most senior woman police officer". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "First female PSNI Assistant Chief Constable appointed". Northern Ireland News. 4NI. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie to retire". Belfast Telegraph. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie OBE". Police Service of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Bell, Stephanie (23 May 2014). "Judith Gillespie: The ex-cop and sports boss on the run with Mary". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "WPFG 'best and friendliest ever', says president of games". BBC News. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Board of Directors". 2013 WPFG. World Police & Fire Games. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Beattie, Jilly (20 May 2004). "I went from the Shopping Squad to Super Nintendo to first female Assistant Chief Constable; JUDITH'S HISTORIC RISE TO TOP PSNI POST.". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. pp. 9–10. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 07 March 2014.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60895. p. b9. 14 June 2014.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Paul Leighton
Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
2009 to 2014
Incumbent

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Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:51:29 -0700

Judith Gillespie joined the RUC in 1982. She became the first ever female chief officer in the history of Northern Ireland policing when appointed Assistant Chief Constable of the PSNI in May 2004. She was made Deputy Chief Constable in June 2009 and ...

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Fri, 23 May 2014 01:08:21 -0700

Judith Gillespie is determined not to let a painful knee injury prevent her from taking part in tonight's Belfast Telegraph Coastal RunHer. The recently retired Deputy Chief Constable is a keen charity runner but after hurting herself while training ...

BBC News

BBC News
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:33:45 -0700

Former police deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie leads the list of Northern Ireland names on this year's Queen's Birthday honours list. The former PSNI chief officer, who retired at the end of March, has been awarded a CBE for her services to ...

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:20:15 -0700

Outgoing Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie has insisted she is leaving the PSNI on her terms and not as a consequence of a disputed job criteria preventing her from applying for the organisation's top post.

Yahoo News UK

Yahoo News UK
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:11:15 -0800

The legacy seminars, organised by now retired deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie, were held at the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) leisure complex at New Forge in south Belfast and were facilitated by the Retired Police Officers ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:01:53 -0800

Earlier this year he took on the role of acting deputy chief constable when Judith Gillespie retired as deputy chief constable. He reverted to his assistant chief constable position when Drew Harris was appointed to the deputy post. Acting Garda ...

Belfast Newsletter

Belfast Newsletter
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:56:16 -0700

Outgoing Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie has insisted she is leaving the Police Service of Northern Ireland on her terms and not as a consequence of a disputed job criteria preventing her from applying for the organisation's top post. Mrs ...

BBC News

U.TV
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:17:09 -0800

Judith Gillespie, originally from north Belfast, joined the police in 1982. The mother-of-two turned down the £500,000 Patten redundancy package two years ago, saying that she enjoys her work and "it's much more than money". Last year Ms Gillespie was ...
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