Pauline Shields, Deputy Chief Inspector
Pauline Shields was appointed as Deputy Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate in October 2016. Pauline served for 30 years with the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland, in a number of operational and headquarters roles up to and including Chief Superintendent. In her most recent posting she was responsible for the delivery of uniform policing across PSNI's South Area, and had a key role in the strategic change programme which led to the most significant restructuring of the PSNI since its creation in 2001. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively to build relationships with partners, communities and their representatives and in doing so, has contributed to improving trust and confidence in policing.
Pauline was an experienced Public Order and Firearms Commander and has been responsible for a number of major operational deployments. She was the silver commander for the 2013 G8 summit in County Fermanagh, described as the most peaceful summit in its history. In PSNI, she played a lead role in the delivery of mobile technology and in the Service's Estate Strategy. She also served as a board member on the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust, representing the Chief Constable.
In the 2014 New Year's honours, Pauline was awarded an OBE for services to policing and the community in Northern Ireland.