New police chief for Derry

Derry has a new police chief.

Chief Inspector Garry Eaton took up the post of Foyle Area Commander at Strand Road police station yesterday. CI Eaton replaced Acting Chief Inspector Jon Burrows.

G District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, yesterday announced the appointment of the officer who was previously posted to the PSNI Murder Investigations Team in the Belfast area.

“I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Garry. He has extensive and varied experience as a police officer and will be an asset to the team,” he said.

CS Martin paid tribute to ACI Burrows for his “dedicated service”. “Jon has been at the forefront of many successful operations and has played a consistent and positive role in moving policing forward. I am pleased to say that Jon will be remaining in the city in a position yet to be decided.”

ACI Burrows took the reins in Derry from former CI Chris Yates in January. ACI Burrows, formerly of the London Metropolitan Police, had ‘acted up’ in the role on several occasions prior to that.

During ACI Burrow’s term as Acting Area Commander, the PSNI in Derry has spearheaded several high profile and successful operations including campaigns to stamp out interface violence, Operation Exposure (the public identification of suspects caught on CCTV), Operation Safer Homes (burglars) Operation relentless (bail jumpers) and Operation Den Breaker (drug dealers). The latest statistics, which were released last week, revealed that recorded crime in Derry over the last year was the lowest in more than a decade.