Nesbitt welcomes appointment of Chief Constable

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Nesbitt welcomes appointment of Chief Constable

UUP policing board representative Mike Nesbitt MLA has welcomed the announcement that Jon Boutcher has been chosen to take on the role of PSNI Chief Constable.

Speaking after the Secretary of State formally approved the role, Mr. Nesbitt said,

 “I want to congratulate Jon Boutcher on his appointment. He has shown a strong start as the interim Chief Constable, improving officer and staff morale and promptly dealing with a number of challenging issues.

 “I feel we will see more of the same under his leadership and look forward to working with him through my position on the Policing Board.

 “There are some who may be disappointed that there were not more candidates for this position, I would point out that that we received 2 excellent candidates who were both more than capable to take on the role.

 “I have always said that getting policing right takes more than one person. I am pleased to see that the senior team seem to be heading in the right direction, towards rebuilding confidence, both within the rank and file and amongst the public they serve."