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Stephen Martin appointed temporary Deputy Chief Constable of PSNI

The PSNI has announced the appointment of Stephen Martin as temporary Deputy Chief Constable.

The move comes following the departure of Drew Harris who has been appointed Commissioner of An Garda Siochana.

Mr Harris became the first Irish police chief appointed to the role from outside the Republic of Ireland.

Mr Martin has over 30 years police service and has a wide range of experience in uniform and detective roles as well as Headquarters.

The appointment of chief officers to the PSNI, include the Deputy Chief Constable, is usually the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

However, as the board is not fully constituted due to the absence of the Stormont Executive, Chief Constable George Hamilton made the temporary appointment following an internal selection process, assisted by external assessors.

The appointment will take effect from 11 August and is expected to last until the Policing Board is reconstituted and has the opportunity to advertise, select and appoint a Deputy Chief Constable on a substantive basis.

Chief Constable George Hamilton said “Stephen Martin’s policing experience and commitment to keeping people safe in all our communities gives me confidence in making this appointment until such times as the Policing Board is reconstituted."

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