Henry Irvine - new police chief at Lisburn.
LISBURN'S new police chief has taken up his
post. Chief Superintendent Henry Irvine is Commander of the new
D district, created this week, which includes Lisburn,
Carrickfergus, Antrim and Newtownabbey. He is one of eight new
DCU commanders to take up their post.
Mr Irvine joined the Police Service 34 years
ago and has served in a range of operational posts across
Northern Ireland and at Headquarters. He was promoted to the
rank of Chief Superintendent in 2001 and has been a District
Commander in Belfast.
The old 29-DCU structure, which mirrored the
existing Council areas moved to eight from the beginning of
April just as speculation grows that the new assembly will look
again at a different structure.
Speaking about the change ACC for Operational
Support Roy Toner pledged that any efficiency savings will be
directed back into front line policing
"The Police Service has driven forward
momentous change over the past number of years. Once more we are
embracing change to ensure that we are able to provide the best
possible policing service to all the people of Northern Ireland"
"The new structure will provide a flexibility
and economies of scale which will allow us to improve services
"One of the successes of policing here has
been 'the local touch.' That is where local communities engage
with local police to find local solutions to local problems.
"As we move forward the challenge facing all
of us is to work together in partnership to make Northern
Ireland safer for all and I believe that the new structures will
help enable us to deliver that goal."