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New Deputy Chief Constable Appointed to Police Scotland

Published : 18/06/2020 12:11:40

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has today (Friday 26 April 2019) announced the appointment of Malcolm Graham as Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) with Police Scotland.

The appointment follows a rigorous process of recruitment and selection conducted by the SPA.

Announcing the appointment, Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA said:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Malcolm Graham as Deputy Chief Constable with Police Scotland.

“Malcolm is a highly experienced police leader who will bring a range of valuable skills and experience to this senior role.

“I am in no doubt that he will make an important contribution to the leadership of Police Scotland as it continues to adapt for the future.”

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone added:

“Malcolm is being appointed after a robust recruitment process which attracted an exceptional group of applicants.

“He is an outstanding police officer with a track record in public service and in leading engagement with key partners on a nationwide scale.

“Police Scotland has a strong and stable leadership team and I am confident Malcolm’s promotion will strengthen it further.”


Malcolm Graham Biography

Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham currently leads the Partnership, Prevention and Community Wellbeing portfolio, with responsibility for developing new approaches to working with other Scottish public services to achieve better outcomes for communities.

Before that, Mr Graham held responsibility for Strategy and Innovation and led the development of Police Scotland’s 10 year strategy, Serving a Changing Scotland. This included unprecedented, nationwide public consultation and Mr Graham has been responsible for driving operational delivery and change over the last three years.

In 2013 Mr Graham was promoted to ACC for Major Crime and Public Protection, having been divisional commander for the City of Edinburgh.

He led the highest profile serious crime investigations and oversaw significant changes and improvements to policing approaches in key areas such as sexual crime and historic child abuse investigations. 

Previously an officer of Lothian and Borders Police, Mr Graham was Head of the Criminal Investigation Department, tackling serious and organised crime, major crime investigation, counter terrorism and intelligence having joined in 1995.

Additional Information

The SPA launched a recruitment campaign for a Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) to replace Johnny Gwynne on 28 February 2019.

This DCC appointment panel was chaired by Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA, and comprises:

• Michelle Miller, SPA Board Member
• Dr Bob Black, External Panel Member
• Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

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

The salary for a Deputy Chief Constable within Police Scotland is £180,624.

The SPA is also currently recruiting at Assistant Chief Constable level.