By staff reporter
THE new chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is to be George Hamilton, the first chief constable from the North for 12 years.
He succeeds Matt Baggott, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from the £195,000 a year post.
Mr Hamilton, from Bangor, County Down, currently works as a PSNI assistant chief constable and has been a police officer since joining the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 1985.
Justice Minister David Ford said: “The position of chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is one of the most challenging policing roles on these islands.
“George will bring a wealth of leadership experience to the PSNI to shape policing in Northern Ireland over the rest of the decade.”
Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said: “The PSNI has a great deal to be proud of. Like all police forces it must deliver the best policing service possible at a time of unprecedented pressure on public finances.
“But the PSNI and its officers also face sensitivities, dangers and public order situations that make the challenge unique in the UK. This is a time for strong leadership and I am confident that George Hamilton will provide this.”