ACC Stephen Martin Appointed Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Of The PSNI

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Stephen Martin has been announced as the new Temporary Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI.

ACC Martin will replace the current Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris, who was recently announced as the new Commissioner of An Garda Siochana in the Republic of Ireland.

The appointment of chief officers to the PSNI, including the Deputy Chief Constable, is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB). The Policing Board is not currently fully constituted and is therefore unable to make such a substantive appointment. In these circumstances the Chief Constable is empowered by Police Regulations to make temporary appointments to Chief Officer ranks.
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Following consultation with the Chair of NIPB, the Chief Constable conducted an internal selection process, assisted by external assessors, and selected ACC Martin as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable.

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.

Welcoming the announcement, 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 and can select and appoint a Deputy Chief Constable on a substantive basis."


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