QPM for Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock has been recognised for her outstanding public service in the New Year Honours List 2022.

By Dawn Renton
Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 6:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 6:19 am
Chief Superintenent Louise Blakelock
Chief Superintenent Louise Blakelock

The Inverurie based Chief Superintendent received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) - the highest honour awarded for policing service.

Louise served as a police cadet before joining Grampian Police in 1993 and became a member of the Road Policing Unit in 1997.

She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003 and always maintained a keen interest in road policing and road safety matters.

In 2008 she was promoted to inspector working in community policing roles in Moray and Aberdeenshire.

In 2014 was promoted to Chief Inspector at the newly formed National Road Policing Unit.

In 2017 she was promoted to the rank of Superintendent within Road Policing, leading a review of the department’s structure, guiding staff through the successful implementation of the new operating model and delivering improvements in service delivery for communities.

In January 2020 she was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Head of Road Policing.

She maintains strong collaborative relationships with both local and national partners, including Local Authorities, Transport Scotland and Road Safety Scotland which is key to supporting Road Policing’s core role of reducing road casualties and improving road safety.

Louise strives to ensure that the welfare and wellbeing of her staff is at the heart of the department.

She is an active supporter of the Scottish Women’s Development Forum, the Scottish LGBTI Police Association and the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents.

Chief Superintendent Blakelock said: “I am extremely humbled and honoured to have received this recognition for doing a job that I love.”

Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM said: “Policing is a demanding and rewarding vocation and I am grateful for the professionalism and public service demonstrated by officers, staff and special constables every day, in every area of Scotland."

He added: "I give my warmest congratulations and thanks to those who have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen."