Statement on Interim Chief Constable position

Board Chair


Speaking about the move to make an interim Chief Constable appointment Policing Board Chair Deirdre Toner said:

“The Policing Board has been working over the last number of weeks with partners to explore options available to increase operational resilience for the Service Executive Team prior to the appointment of a substantive Chief Constable.

The Board welcomes the positive response received from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to fast-track the legislation needed to enable approval of an interim appointee and has today moved to advertise the post of interim Chief Constable with the aim of making an appointment swiftly.

The Board continues to work at pace on the recruitment and appointment of a substantive Chief Constable with the selection process on schedule for week beginning 6 November however the Board recognises that the preferred candidate may have a notice period to work.

The appointment of an interim Chief Constable will strengthen the Service Executive Team of the PSNI pending the permanent appointee taking up post.”


Notes to Editors

A copy of the advertisement for the position can be found here:  

Interim Chief Constable Appointment | Northern Ireland Policing Board (