PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Recruitment

07 November 2019

Anne speaking at lectern

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has commenced the process to appoint a new Deputy Chief Constable for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with the advertisement of the post.

Speaking about the role, Board Chair Anne Connolly said:

“This is a key role in the PSNI Service Executive Team and we are looking for an outstanding officer to support the Chief Constable. Leading on the management of performance, driving modernisation and change, and managing a diverse range of resources across the organisation will form part of the key duties for this position.

The Board is working with the Chief Constable to progress the next phase of organisational transformation and change within the PSNI.  We need a strong, resilient and inspiring Deputy Chief Constable who is capable of delivering excellence in policing, building relationships and working collaboratively and creatively with others to achieve the best outcomes for policing and the public it serves.

Effective policing is central to having a safe community. As a Policing Board representing the people of Northern Ireland, we are committed to making sure that the service delivered is accountable, fair, impartial and protects the rights of individuals and the community. 

The demands on policing are changing and evolving and are becoming more complex in nature.  There is a need to explore new and innovative ways of working to drive the necessary future organisational change and development.  Whilst good progress has been made there is still a lot of work to do.

This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding senior officer to bring their wide ranging skills and experience to this pivotal position within the PSNI.”

The competition opens on Thursday 7 November 2019 and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 6 December 2019.


For further information, please contact the Policing Board's Communications Branch on 07801 738795

Notes to Editors

  1. All information regarding the Deputy Chief Constable appointment can be found at:
  2. The appointment of a new Deputy Chief Constable is made by the Policing Board in accordance with Section 35 of the Police (NI) Act 2000. As a result of an NI Executive not being formed and a Justice Minister appointed, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland introduced the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 in November 2018 which provides for senior officer appointments to be made to the PSNI.  
  3. The salary for this position is in accordance with nationally agreed Chief Officers pay. This is currently £168,582 per annum plus benefits.
  4. The appointment panel will comprise: Board Chair Anne Connolly, Vice Chair Debbie Watters, John Blair MLA, Alan Chambers MLA, Dolores Kelly MLA, Gerry Kelly MLA, Gary Middleton MLA and Paul Nolan.

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