PSNI deputy chief constable to head Ireland's police force

Release time:06-27-2018

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The deputy chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has been appointed to run the Republic’s police force in an extraordinary cross-border job switch.

Drew Harris will take up his post as commissioner of the Garda Síochána in September after a 35-year career in policing in the UK, principally in Northern Ireland.

That a senior British officer could head up the Garda Síochána came as a surprise when announced on Tuesday, but is considered a dividend from the Good Friday agreement which brought both sides of the border closer together.

“This appointment can only serve to build on what is already a close working relationship between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána,” said the PSNI chief constable, George Hamilton, who was among the first to congratulate Harris on his new job.