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ACC Higgins

ACC Bernard Higgins

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins has been appointed as Gold Commander and full-time ACC for the policing of the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November 2020.

The conference will be one of the biggest events ever hosted in the UK with up to 200 heads of state expected to attend as well as thousands of delegates.

ACC Higgins has proven track record of leading the policing of large scale events.Before taking on this role, he was responsible for local policing in the west of Scotland.ACC Higgins joined Strathclyde Police in 1988.

Between 1988 and 2010, he served in uniform posts across Glasgow and Lanarkshire. He was promoted in 2006 to the rank of Superintendent and appointed Sub Divisional Officer at Saracen Police Office in Glasgow.

In August 2010, he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent and appointed Head of the Public Protection Unit. Later that year he was appointed Divisional Commander in charge of Glasgow Central and West Division.

He was appointed Strathclyde Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (territorial policing) in March 2012. He was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable of Police Scotland in January 2013.