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New PSNI chief Simon Byrne celebrates 'fantastic' first week with vlog

By Eimear McGovern

New PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne has celebrated the end of his first week on the job with a vlog outlining how he has settled in to his new role.

On his first day on Monday he oversaw a policing operation at the east Belfast Somme commemoration parade and since then, he said that he has begun the journey to help him find out more about the organisation.

Mr Byrne previously said he wanted to “refresh” the PSNI’s approach to community policing by focusing more time and staff on engaging with the public. He also said he would advocate greater use of cutting-edge technology in everyday policing.

Speaking in his vlog, he said: "This is my chance to recap at the end of my first week leading the PSNI.

"I said at my attestation when I was sworn in and took the oath at the policing board this was a unique service with unique challenges and I have begun some of that journey to help me find out how the organisation ticks and just what those challenges are," he said.

Mr Byrne has described the PSNI was a “unique service with unique challenges”.

The former Cheshire Constabulary chief has had a 30-year career, in which he also served with the Metropolitan Police, Merseyside Police and Greater Manchester Police.

"I've been out on patrol, I've been into a custody centre and I've spent time with colleagues both at headquarters and with some of our partners in other organisations that I need to work with to protect our communities and keep you all safe," he said.

"It's been a fantastic first week so thank you for your welcome and I look forward to the work I need to do in the months ahead."

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