DPP chair welcomes Derry’s new top cop

Colr. Thomas Conway.
Colr. Thomas Conway.

Derry District Policing Partnership Chairman, Councillor Thomas Conway, has welcomed the appointment of Chief Inspector Gary Eaton as the new PSNI Area Commander for Foyle.

Colr. Conway said: “Members of the DPP have already met with Chief Inspector Eaton and advised him of the challenges and opportunities that he is likely to face in his new role.

“Indeed, we will be sitting down with Gary and his team over the coming weeks to agree the Foyle Local Policing Plan for the incoming year (2012/13).

“Community policing and tackling anti-social behaviour will again be high on our agenda while 2013 will present additional challenges and opportunities as we deliver on the City of Culture designation.

“As a DPP we will continue to work in partnership to deliver safer communities for all and will continue to ensure that local people shape local policing.”

Colr. Conway also paid tribute to outgoing Area Commander Chief Inspector Jon Burrows.

“We have to acknowledge the results he and his team have achieved especially over the last year,” he said.

“By working in partnership with community and statutory partners the police have reduced crime in the city and district to its lowest level in over 10 years. Initiatives such as Operation Silent Guardian (drugs), Farmer’s Trailer Marking (rural crime) and Operation Safer Homes (burglary) have greatly contributed to this reduction.”

Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin, announced the appointment of Ch. Insp. Eaton who was previously posted to the PSNI Murder Investigations Team in the Belfast area.

“I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Gary,” he said. “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.”