Former Foyle Area Commander becomes Assistant Chief Constable

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin.

The appointment of former Foyle Area Commander Stephen Martin as the PSNI’s Assistant Chief Constable has been welcomed by the Policing Board.

The former G District Commander was temporarily promoted to the post late last year and was formally confirmed on June 30th.

ACC Martin leads the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Operational Support Department and with 28 years’ service he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. He was previously the Head of Operational Training for three years, which included leading on the introduction and embedding of Human Rights principles and awareness into all training.

Having initially served as a constable in Derry he returned to the city 17 years later and one of his proudest achievements was leading on the policing operation for City of Culture in 2013.

Speaking about his appointment ACC Martin said: “It is an honour to be formally appointed to the role of Assistant Chief Constable and to lead on one of the key areas of policing within the Service. I have responsibility for a wide range of both operational and non-operational functions including Tactical Support Groups, Armed Response Unit, Close Protection, Roads Policing, Statistics Branch, Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Information Security. I am fortunate to have the support of an experienced team of colleagues and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“The Chief Constable has clearly set out his vision of policing for Northern Ireland and it is a vision I share and have sought to promote throughout my policing career. Policing with the community is the key to successful policing and a more peaceful society and I will ensure this ethos is reflected right across the Operational Support Department as we move forward.”