Suzie Mertes joined Tayside Police in 1995 quickly moving onto the Accelerated Career Development Programme, when she was promoted to Operational Sergeant in 1998.
Postings to the Control Room, CID and the Scottish Police College followed.
She worked as an Operational Inspector and Chief Inspector at Forfar and Dundee respectively. She undertook the role of the Staff Officer to the Assistant and Deputy Chief Constables following her involvement in the G8 Planning Team, and headed up the Business Support Department, responsible for all ICT projects in Tayside.
Immediately prior to the creation of Police Scotland she led on the engagement strand to decide the new force’s Visions and Values.
In 2014, she was Operational Commander for the fourth time at the T in the Park music festival and also Deputy Lead Planner and Operational Commander for the Ryder Cup. She is a trained and accredited as a Public Order Silver Commander, a role she undertakes frequently across Scotland.
She is now the Superintendent in Tayside responsible for Partnerships and Performance and is a member of the Police Scotland Tayside Division Command Team.
Following many years of involvement with the Scottish Women’s Development Forum in various capacities she was elected as Chair in April 2014, a position she then held for 4 years radically transforming the organisation and developing it into one of the main advisory groups on gender issues in the public sector in Scotland, before handing on to her successor in 2018. A key achievement is her work with the British High Commission, developing and launching the first staff association in the Sri Lankan Police Service.
Suzie was one of two Scottish officers awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Birthday Honours List in 2018.