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Belfast PSNI chief Nigel Grimshaw quits to join council

By Suzanne Breen

Published 12/11/2015

Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw
Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw

The most senior police officer in Belfast is leaving the PSNI to take up a new position.

The PSNI Belfast Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw, is stepping down from the force after a lengthy career to join Belfast City Council.

Mr Grimshaw is to become the council's director of city and neighbourhood services, which is a new post.

He was interviewed for the job on Tuesday and it is understood his application has been successful. As Belfast Area Commander, Chief Supt Grimshaw has dealt with high profile public order matters, including contentious parades and protests in the city.

He has also combated the threat from dissident republicans.

He was heavily involved in the implementation of the Patten policing reforms and is president of the Superintendents' Association. Chief Supt Grimshaw has regularly called for political leadership in Northern Ireland and accused politicians of not moving quickly enough to develop a shared future to help ease tensions on the street.

As one of the most experienced officers in the PSNI, his departure will come as a surprise to many colleagues.

Last year, Chief Supt Grimshaw hit back at Sinn Fein allegations of a "dark side" to policing following the arrest of its president Gerry Adams.

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