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Iain Thomas Livingstone, QPM (born 6 October 1966)[4] is a senior Scottish police officer who is currently Chief Constable of Police Scotland. He was previously Deputy Chief Constable Designate of the force. He was named as the next Chief Constable on 15 August 2018 and took up office formally on 27 August 2018.[5][1]

Iain Livingstone

Chief Constable of Police Scotland
Assumed office
27 August 2018
Preceded byPhil Gormley
Deputy Chief Constable Designate of Police Scotland
In office
May 2016 – 27 August 2018
Preceded byNeil Richardson
Personal details
Iain Thomas Livingstone

6 October 1966
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
University of Strathclyde[1]
John Jay College of Criminal Justice[2]
ProfessionSolicitor; Police officer
Football career[3]
Personal information
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Raith Colts
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Raith Rovers 2 (0)
1985–1986 Montrose 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

Livingstone graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1988 with a first class Bachelor of Laws degree.[6] During his time as a student at Aberdeen he played association football as a forward for Raith Rovers[7] and Montrose.[8] He also attended the University of Strathclyde before beginning a career as a solicitor.[2][9]

Police careerEdit

Livingstone joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1992, rising swiftly through the ranks and eventually becoming head of that force's CID branch[5] and Assistant Chief Constable for Crime.[9] He graduated with a master's degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, where he studied from 1998 as a Fulbright scholar;[2][9] he also served secondments as a special investigator with the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, was part of Lord Bonomy's review of corroboration for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, and has sat on the Scottish Sentencing Council.[5]

He was suspended and demoted in 2003 after an allegation of sexual misconduct after an event at Tulliallan Policing College three years earlier,[10] but was cleared following an internal misconduct hearing[11][9] and later reinstated to his previous role as Superintendent (the youngest officer of that rank in Scotland at the time) following an appeal.[5]

When Lothian & Borders was amalgamated into the new Police Scotland force in 2013, Livingstone was named Deputy Chief Constable for Crime and operations.[9] After being overlooked for the Chief Constable job when Phil Gormley was appointed as the successor to Stephen House in late 2015, he initially remained part of the force executive but in summer 2017 announced his intention to retire in the coming months.[12] He then accepted a request to reconsider his decision after several allegations of misconduct were made against Chief Constable Gormley and the latter was placed on special leave;[13] by September 2017 Livingstone was leading the force on an interim basis. When Gormley resigned in February 2018 to contest the allegations, Livingstone became the frontrunner to succeed him formally.[9][14] The role as Chief Constable from 27 August 2018 carries a four-year term and an annual salary of £216,000.[8]



  1. ^ a b "New Chief Constable of Police Scotland appointed". Police Service of Scotland. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Police Scotland's four new Deputy Chief Constables". Edinburgh Reporter. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Iain Livingstone". Post War English & Scottish Football League A-Z Players Transfer Database. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. ^ Birth certificate of Iain Thomas Livingstone, 6 October 1966, Dunfermline District 424/1228 – National Records of Scotland
  5. ^ a b c d "Scotland's new police chief announced". 15 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  6. ^ Hamish Macdonnell (16 August 2018). "New police chief 'will bring stability'". The Times. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Season 1985/1986 Raith Rovers Iain Livingstone". Alamy. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b Chris Marshall (15 August 2018). "Iain Livingstone appointed head of Scotland's national police force". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "From early retirement to chief constable in just 12 months". 15 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Police chief: My sex case nightmare; Woman PC accuses him of assault : He is suspended pending a probe". Sunday Mail. 9 February 2003. Retrieved 18 August 2018 – via
  11. ^ "High-flier is reduced to the ranks; Policeman will fight action taken after drunken party". The Herald. 26 June 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  12. ^ "'A shambles and a nightmare' Police Scotland chief quits as top-brass clear out looms". Daily Record. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Police Scotland deputy chief constable delays retirement". BBC News. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Police Scotland: The search for a new chief constable". BBC News. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Phil Gormley
Chief Constable of Police Scotland
Succeeded by