Deputy chief constable, Judith Gillespie OBE will be honoured by Queen’s University today.
She will receive an honorary Doctorate for public service in front of graduates from the School of Education.
Judith was the first female officer from the RUC/PSNI to attend the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill and the first female Assistant Chief Constable with the PSNI.
She established the new Criminal Justice Department and led on military withdrawal as ACC Rural before being appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 2009.
Professor Yvonne Galligan, from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s, delivering the citation, said: “In conferring an honorary degree on Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie, we recognise her path-breaking achievements as a professional police officer.
“We also celebrate her as an outstanding role model for women in Northern Ireland and a champion of women's equality within the police service.”
Ronnie Kells will also be honoured for services to business and commerce, the university and the wider community.
Mr Kells retired in 1998 as group chief executive of the Ulster Bank, following a career in banking spanning 44 years.