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George Hamilton: Family man with 30 years' experience and Masters degree

By Chris Kilpatrick

Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton had been the front-runner for the top job in Northern Ireland policing since Matt Baggott announced his retirement last January.

With almost three decades of experience, Mr Hamilton is the first local person to hold the prestigious post since Sir Ronnie Flanagan stepped down in 2002.

The father-of-four from Bangor was the only officer in the PSNI eligible to apply for the role after the Policing Board, which is the PSNI's oversight body, opted to retain controversial criteria which required all candidates to have served at senior command level outside Northern Ireland.

As Assistant Chief Constable to Mr Baggott, he is currently responsible for rural policing in Northern Ireland – an area which covers approximately 4,500 square miles (11,700 sq km) and a population of 900,000.

He joined the RUC in 1985 and has since gained a wide range of experience in a variety of operational roles.

He worked in England for three years on a range of training and organisational development projects.

Before his appointment as ACC Crime in Strathclyde in 2009, he had been Chief Superintendent and District Commander in south and east Belfast.

He also served locally as Detective Chief Inspector and Detective Superintendent and was involved in a number of high-profile and complex investigations.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Economics and a Masters in Business Administration.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Association.

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