Gill Imery was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland in April 2018. This is an independent appointment under Royal Warrant and confers wide ranging powers to look into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. She is also Scotland’s senior advisor on policing.
She joined Lothian & Borders Police in 1986, and served in a variety of uniform and detective officer posts in both city and county divisions, and in departments such as Complaints and Professional Standards, and Executive Support.
In 2004, she was promoted to Detective Superintendent and took up post as National Drugs Co-ordinator with the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.
In 2007, she became Head of Complaints and Conduct for Lothian & Borders Police. She was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2008, taking on the role of Head of Safer Communities Division, responsible for the move towards a more prevention based, problem-solving approach to all areas of policing.
In 2010, she became the first female commander of the city of Edinburgh, then the largest division in the UK outside of London. She moved to Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of CID for Lothian & Borders Police before the transition to Police Scotland in 2013.
She served the new national force as Detective Chief Superintendent for local crime across the country and all public protection areas of business.
In February 2014, Chief Superintendent Imery took on the role of divisional commander for J division, in charge of over 900 officers, and covering the areas of West, Mid and East Lothian, and the Scottish Borders, approximately 2400 square miles.
In April 2016, she was appointed as Assistant Inspector of Constabulary at HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).
She was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the 2017 Queens Birthday Honours.