1. ITV Report

Candidates for new PSNI chief constable interviewed

George Hamilton has been Chief Constable of the PSNI for five years and retires at the end of June. Credit: PA

Four candidates for the new chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been interviewed on Thursday, with an announcement expected on Friday.

They have applied to replace George Hamilton, who retires at the end of June.

Independent recruitment specialists were brought in to oversee the process following controversial comments by Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald who voiced opposition to the new chief constable coming from within the PSNI.

There are two serving senior officers in the running for the top job and two external candidates.

  • Temporary PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin
  • PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton
  • Former chief constable of Bedfordshire Police Jon Boutcher
  • Former chief constable of Cheshire Constabulary Simon Byrne
  • Sharon O’Neill looks at the candidates’ CVs in more detail.