New Isle of Man chief constable

Gary Roberts is being sworn in as the new head of the Isle of Man Police Credit: Isle of Man Constabulary

A new police chief is being sworn in on the Isle of Man today.

Gary Roberts is the first Manx chief constable to lead the Island's police force. He is also the first head of the force to have held every other rank in the constabulary.

He said: "I feel proud and privileged to be allowed to lead the Isle of Man Constabulary.

"The next five years will be challenging. We have further budgetary constraints to contend with, and changes to the conditions of service of police officers will make for a difficult time.

"We are fortunate that the men and women of the Constabulary fully understand what is expected of them and they are committed to serving the people of the Isle of Man.

"Ensuring that we maintain the trust and support of the community will be my main priority."

Mr Roberts will be sworn in during a ceremony in the Courts of Justice this afternoon.