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Joe Griffin

Director, Safer Communities

Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin was appointed Director for Safer Communities in March 2020.


The Director for Safer Communities is responsible for police and fire services and related inspectorates, resilience, counter-terrorism and defence, Justice Analytical Services and policies to address crime, drugs and sectarianism.


Joe has been working for the Scottish Government since 2004 in mainly policy roles, including:

  • Director, Directorate of Early Learning and Childcare
  • Deputy Director for Creating Positive Futures, Directorate for Children and Families
  • Acting Director for Fair Work 
  • Head of Reducing Reoffending, Directorate for Justice
  • Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister         

Before his move to Scotland, Joe was a diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which included postings to New York and Paris. 

He is also co-covenor of the Race Equality Network.