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May the force be with you: PSNI Chief Constable marks one year full of ups and downs in charge

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Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne

Graffiti after Byrne's threat to dissident republicans

Graffiti after Byrne's threat to dissident republicans

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne marking Remembrance Sunday last year

Simon Byrne marking Remembrance Sunday last year

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne was the Policing Board's unanimous choice as Chief Constable a year ago.

Both unionist and nationalist members strongly believed he was the right man for what is an unbelievably demanding and challenging job.

Byrne beat tough competition from then senior PSNI officers Stephen Martin and Mark Hamilton, and high-profile Bedfordshire Chief Constable, John Boutcher, who is heading the Stakeknife investigation.