In 2003, she attended the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill. In 2004, she was appointed assistant chief constable. This made her the first female to reach chief officer rank in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In June 2009, she was promoted to deputy chief constable, becoming the second most senior police officer in Northern Ireland. She served as acting chief constable from August 2009 to September 2009.
She is set to retire on 31 March 2014.
In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours, Gillespie was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 'for public services'. In July 2012, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queen's University Belfast.
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