Derry’s police chief set to bid farewell to city

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin addressing the media at Wednesday's Press conference at Strand Road PSNI Station. DER4213JM045

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin addressing the media at Wednesday's Press conference at Strand Road PSNI Station. DER4213JM045

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Derry’s police chief is to leave his post after almost five years in charge.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin has been promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in the PSNI’s Operational Support Department.

Chief Superintendent Martin, who has served as G District Commander for more than four years, is to take up his new role next Monday.

Superintendent Stephen Cargin has taken over from Chief Superintendent Martin on a temporary basis ahead of a formal appointment to the position.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Chief Supt Martin said: “Obviously I’m delighted that the chief constable has seen fit to give me the opportunity and I’m up for the challenge.”

However, he admitted that he’ll be leaving many “good colleagues and friends” behind in the city.

And he’s “very proud” of the men and women who have served the city under his tenure as G District Commander. “It’s bittersweet really, I’m longing to go but I hate to leave. Four and a half years is the longest by far I’ve been in one place in my 28 years as a police officer.” (See more on Page 13)