Statement from the Policing Board Chair: Chief Constable Resignation

Board Chair

The Chief Constable Simon Byrne has today tendered his resignation to the Northern Ireland Policing Board with immediate effect.

Board Chair Deirdre Toner informed the Board of the resignation at a special meeting this afternoon. Following the announcement, she said:

“I would like to record my thanks and appreciation to Simon for his work over the course of the last 4 years as Chief Constable.

He is undoubtedly a dedicated police officer with a deep respect for the profession of policing.

He was very aware of, and greatly appreciated, the often difficult job that officers and staff across the organisation do on behalf of the community.

This may not always have been apparent to onlookers, but it was very much his modus operandi as was his desire to improve policing for the community through modernisation and investment in local policing arrangements.

His tenure was subjected to intense scrutiny, and I am sure that the last few weeks in particular have been incredibly difficult for him personally and professionally.

The Board will now consider the leadership arrangements going forward.”

The Chief Constable has asked the Board to release the following statement on his behalf:

“The last few days have been very difficult for all concerned.

Regardless of the rights and wrongs it is now time for someone new to lead this proud and resolute organisation.

Can I thank those who have shown me trust, advice and friendship.

And of course thank you to the brave men and women of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”


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