Northern Ireland’s new Chief Constable should be appointed today.
An interview process will begin at Policing Board headquarters at Clarendon Dock in Belfast this morning to appoint a successor to Sir Hugh Orde.
There are four candidates — Chief Constable of West Mercia Paul West, Durham Chief Constable John Stoddart, Leicestershire Chief Constable Matt Baggott and the only Northern Irish candidate Jim Gamble, the chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
They will be interviewed by a seven strong Policing Board panel made up of chairman Barry Gilligan, Brian Rea, Leslie Cree, Dolores Kelly, Alex Maskey, Rosaleen Moore and Ian Paisley jnr.
Each interview will begin with a 20-minute presentation followed by a one hour long interview. They will be quizzed on a range of policing issues including leadership and negotiation skills.
It is anticipated that the panel will have reached a decision by 7pm when Secretary of State Shaun Woodward will be contacted to give his approval. After the four candidates are notified a public announcement should be expected around 7.30pm.
Sir Hugh Orde will leave the PSNI at the beginning of next month to take up his new position as president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Current Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie is in charge until the replacement takes up his new post.