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07/06/13 10:00

Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland

David Strang appointed as HMCIP.

David Strang QPM will be the next HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced today.

Mr Strang, who is to be appointed by Royal Warrant following an open competition, will take over the role on June 16.

David Strang was a Chief Officer in the police service in Scotland for fifteen years. Until April 2013, he was Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, a post he held for six years. From 2001 to 2007 he was Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland inspects the 16 prison establishments throughout Scotland to examine prisoner treatment and the conditions in prisons, reporting findings to Ministers and laying an Annual Report before the Scottish Parliament.

Mr MacAskill said:
“David Strang is ideally placed to take on this post. He has extensive experience of the criminal justice system and what works to reduce reoffending. As a member of Scotland’s independent Prisons Commission (led by former First Minister Henry McLeish) which reported in 2008, he also gained and shared with us important insights into how our prisons run, and what improvements can be made.

"I should like to thank Brigadier Hugh Monro CBE for his significant personal contribution during his four-year tenure as Chief Inspector. He has served with distinction and has, without doubt, helped shift the terms of the national discussion about prisons in his time in office.

“I have no doubt David Strang will bring a high degree of expertise and commitment to this role, ensuring that our prison estate remains a safe environment for staff and prisoners with a real focus on reducing reoffending .”

Mr Strang said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland. Prisons play a very important part in an effective criminal justice system. I look forward to the challenges which lie ahead and to making a positive contribution to justice in Scotland.”
This is a Senior Civil Service post for a fixed term of three years with the possibility of extension. The post was advertised with a salary of circa £65,000 which is within Senior Civil Service Pay Band 1.

Mr Strang has had a long involvement in the reform of criminal justice in Scotland. He was a member of:
• McInnes Committee Summary Justice Review (2001-4)
• Scottish Sentencing Commission (2003-6)
• Scottish Prisons Commission (2007-8) which produced the report “Scotland’s Choice”

Born and brought up in Glasgow, Mr Strang attended Glasgow Academy and Loretto School, Musselburgh, before studying at Durham University where he obtained a BSc degree in Engineering Science. He served in the Metropolitan Police from 1980 to 1998 and his final post there was as Divisional Commander at Wembley. In 1989 he obtained an MSc degree in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently the Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal 2002.