Theresa May appoints new Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

10th February 2015: Home Secretary Theresa May has appointed David Bolt the new Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

He will replace John Vine who served for almost seven years before stepping down in December 2014.

Mr Bolt will scrutinize the effectiveness and efficiency of border and immigration operational practices.

He has previously held senior positions in the arenas of security and crime-fighting, including at the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

“The role of providing detailed, independent scrutiny of our work and our performance in controlling immigration and protecting Britain’s borders is vital,” Ms May said. “David Bolt is an excellent candidate and I am confident that he will carry out his duties with diligence, vigour and objectivity.”

Mr Bolt has been appointed to the Chief Inspector role for a fixed term of two years.

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