Policing Board confirms appointment of Interim Chief Constable

Board Chair

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has confirmed the appointment of Jon Boutcher QPM as Interim Chief Constable for the PSNI following receipt of approval by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Speaking about the interim appointment, Policing Board Chair Deirdre Toner said:

“The appointment of Jon Boutcher as interim Chief Constable will bring stability to the leadership of the PSNI and the Service Executive Team until the substantive appointment Chief Constable process has been completed.

The Board looks forward to working with Mr Boutcher and the wider Service Executive Team as we progress the issues and pressures currently facing policing.”


For any further information please contact the Policing Board’s Communications Office on 028 90408500

Notes to Editors

1. The appointment was made in line with Section 35 (1) of the Police NI Act 2000 and was subject approval by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in line with Section 35 (1) of the Police (NI) Act 2000 and the provisions of The Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) (No. 2) Regulations 2023.  

2. Jon Boutcher has over 35 years’ experience as a police officer serving level in a number of services as Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable. Mr Boutcher is the former Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police and is currently Head of the Operation Kenova investigation.