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David Strang, HMCIPS Photograph courtesy of The Scotsman newspaper

David Strang was appointed to the post of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland in June 2013.  He is responsible for the inspection of the 16 prisons in Scotland, to examine the treatment of prisoners and the conditions in prisons.  He is required to report his findings to Scottish Ministers and to lay an Annual Report before the Scottish Parliament.

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.

He has had a long involvement in the reform of criminal justice in Scotland.  He was a member of

  • The McInnes Committee Summary Justice Review (2001-4)
  • The Scottish Sentencing Commission (2003-6)
  • The Scottish Prisons Commission (2007-8) which produced the report “Scotland’s Choice”.

Born and brought up in Glasgow, David 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 was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2002.

He is currently the chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending.


Caroline Johnston, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons

Alan Forman, Business Manager

Tony Martin, Inspector of Prisons

Dorothy Halliday, Executive Assistant