Derry top cop to leave city in autumn

�LorcanDoherty/Presseye.com-11th September 2009 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland. Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, District Commander speaking at the Press Conference following dissident republicans attacks in Derry.
�LorcanDoherty/Presseye.com-11th September 2009 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland. Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, District Commander speaking at the Press Conference following dissident republicans attacks in Derry.
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Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin is to leave his job as Derry’s police commander in the autumn, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.

The police chief, who controls ‘G’ District which covers the Derry, Strabane and Limavady areas, is understood to be moving to pastures new - as yet undisclosed - to take up a new post.

It’s not known yet who’s in the running to succeed Ch. Supt Martin who took on the role of ‘G’ district commander in June 2009.

The SDLP’s Thomas Conway, who is chairperson of Derry’s District Policing Partnership (DPP), last night paid tribute to Ch. Supt. Martin’s “hard work and professionalism”.

“He always had a welcoming approach to DPP members,” he said. “I am glad we will still benefit from this open door policy as he will remain in post until late autumn and I’m sure that his positive and constructive working manner will continue to serve him well in his future career. I am sure the DPP will want to appropriately mark his contribution to policing in this region later in the year.”