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Ulster University honours outgoing Chief Constable

George Hamilton with his honorary award from Ulster University
George Hamilton with his honorary award from Ulster University
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

The soon-to-retire PSNI Chief Constable Sir George Hamilton has received an honorary doctorate recognising his contribution to policing.

The Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree was conferred on him by vice-chancellor and president of Ulster University Professor Paddy Nixon at a special ceremony in Belfast last night.

"An alumnus of the university, he has devoted his life's work to keeping people in Northern Ireland safe and as his tenure as Chief Constable comes to an end, we are proud to recognise his many achievements," Prof Nixon said.

Mr Hamilton, who became the first local officer who served in the RUC and PSNI to reach the top, told the audience he was "humbled and delighted" by the gesture which he accepted "not as my own, but as an honour that has been awarded to policing and the community for all the hard work and risks that have been made to make progress in policing possible".

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