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Police Service of Northern Ireland


As a result of the agreement reached in Belfast on the 10th April 1998, the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland was established. The Commission, chaired by the Right Honourable Chris Patten, reported in September 1999. The government subsequently published an implementation plan in June 2000 outlining how the report's recommendations would be implemented and in November 2000 the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 was enacted. The government's implementation plan was further updated in August 2001.

The PSNI was established November 4 2001.

There are approximately 140 types of post within the Police Support Staff, which includes a number a specialist posts such as Accountant, Line Pilot, Occupational Psychologist, Occupational Health Nursing Advisers, Scenes of Crime Officers, etc.

The posts are currently advertised in the local and national press and specialist publications.

Police support staff work in the majority of police stations throughout Northern Ireland with a few exceptions. In addition, there are a number of other police establishments located in the Greater Belfast area such as River House, Churchill House, Lislea Drive, Seapark and Garnerville.

Chief Constable - Hugh Orde

Hugh Orde, aged 43, from the Metropolitan Police, he took up the post on the 2nd September 2002.

Mr Orde, who was a Deputy Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, said upon his apointment: “I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity to serve the community in Northern Ireland and to lead the PSNI in this new era for policing"

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Contact Details

Name: Police Service of Northern Ireland Headquarters
  BT5 6LE
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 90650222

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