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Police Scotland appoints two new ACCs from outside force

Humberside chief superintendent and PSNI temporary ACC selected as part of succession plan
Published - 26/05/2020 By - Gary Mason

Police Scotland has appointed two new assistant chief constables choosing candidates from forces outside Scotland for the posts.

The appointments were made by the Scottish Police Authority to fill an existing vacancy and as part of its succession planning for the year ahead.

Judi Heaton has been a Chief Superintendent with Humberside Police for the last seven years, and has also worked for Cheshire Constabulary.

Ms Heaton has worked as Chief of Staff, Head of Crime, Head of Professional Standards, and Divisional Commander. She recently led work on leading Humberside Police’s successful HMIC inspection, and the force staff survey building public trust and confidence and support for staff.

Tim Mairs is currently a Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland with responsibility for the Operational Support Department. Mr Mairs joined the PSNI in 2002 and during his service has performed roles in local policing, headquarters and within the Crime Operations Department.

ACC Tim Mairs

In September 2015, he took over responsibility for the Policing with the Community Project, seeking to embed Policing with the Community into every aspect of the organisation. In January 2017, he became Head of Criminal Investigation Branch, overseeing the local CID Offices, Organised Crime and Economic Crime. As part of that role, he Co-Chaired the Cross-Border Joint Agency Task Force and worked with HMRC and NCA to create the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

He is also an experienced Public Order Commander and has worked with the community in North and West Belfast over six years to plan and deliver policing operations in some of the most tense and volatile of circumstances. He was also a Public Order Commander during G8 in 2013 in Fermanagh and the NATO Conference in Wales in 2014.

He completed his Masters in Human Rights Law at Queen’s University in 2010 and was part of a team which reviewed the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia in 2011.

Both officers will receive a salary of £123,804.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM added: “Judi and Tim both bring considerable and diverse policing experience and ability to our strong and united leadership team.“They will add to our collective focus on a shared purpose and mission of protecting the people of Scotland.”

The ACC appointment panel was chaired by David Crichton, Vice Chair of the SPA, and comprised:

  • Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland
  • Michelle Miller, SPA Board Member
  • Dr Lesley Sawers, Scotland and GB Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and external panel member.

Gill Imery, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland was an advisor to the panel.

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