DUP North Antrim MLA and Policing Board Member Mervyn Storey has reacted to the appointment of the new deputy chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Commenting after a special meeting of the Policing Board and the appointment being confirmed by the Justice Minister, Mr Storey said:
‘‘I congratulate Mr Mark Hamilton on his appointment and look forward to working alongside him and his colleagues on the PSNI executive team as we collectively seek to promote law and order and protect the public in Northern Ireland.
“The role of Deputy Chief Constable brings with it a great deal of operational and strategic responsibility and it is imperative that Mr Hamilton receives support as he works to apply his skills, ideas and experience to fighting crime and strengthening neighbourhood policing.
“The Independent Reporting Commission’s (IRC) Second Report before Christmas confirmed that paramilitary activity and the coercive control associated with it remains a stark reality in many areas of Northern Ireland.
“This is just one threat, in addition to new and rising threats to the public, such as digital, sexual and domestic crime, that the Deputy Chief Constable will no doubt we keen to address in the coming days.
“As a Party we welcome this permanent appointment, which gives a stable footing to the PSNI leadership at a time when the Chief Constable is seeking to progress proactive and positive transformative changes to how policing is delivered across our Province.
“Moving forward it is vital that this process places at its core the public’s desire for a visible, well-resources and effective police service.”