David Bolt was appointed Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration in May 2015. His contract has been extended to 2020 to allow him to take a longer-term and more strategic look at the work of the Inspectorate.
Mr Bolt is a national security and intelligence specialist (most recently working to combat the counterfeiting of distilled spirits). His experience spans serious and organised crime and the Security Service.
Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
The Chief Inspector is appointed by the Home Secretary to assess the performance of immigration, asylum, nationality and customs functions. His main areas of inspection include:
- the overall performance of these functions
- the treatment of claimants and applicants
- practice and procedure in the handling of criminal proceedings, and the prevention and detection of offences
- powers of arrest, entry, search and seizure
- consistency of approach
- discrimination in the exercise of functions
- whether customs functions have been appropriately exercised by the Secretary of State and the Director of Border Revenue
- information about countries used by immigration officers and other officials
- the handling of complaints