01 July 2019
The DUP’s representatives on the Policing Board have welcomed Simon Byrne on his first day in office as Chief Constable of the PSNI.
Commenting after attending Mr Byrne’s attestation ceremony on Monday afternoon, DUP North Antrim MLA and Chair of the NIPB Performance Committee, Mervyn Storey said:
“We congratulate Mr Byrne on his appointment and welcome him on this his first day in office.
The DUP looks forward to working closely and proactively with the new Chief Constable to tackle traditional forms of crime as well as emerging and harmful risks to our society. The public deserve a visible, proactive and effective police force.
Mr Byrne brings to the job a wealth of experience. We wish him well as he seeks to deliver his vision for policing in Northern Ireland.”
Mid Ulster DUP MLA Keith Buchanan added:
“We are pleased that Mr Byrne’s appointment was unanimous. It is now vital that all political parties and community representatives provide their full support to the new Chief Constable and his team as they seek to build on progress observed in recent years toward tackling crime and protecting the public.
Mr Byrne’s appointment is an opportunity to improve confidence in policing. By pursuing enhanced services and better crime outcomes we can further ensure we have a professional police service that all communities and every citizen in Northern Ireland can be proud of.”
East Belfast DUP MLA Joanne Bunting concluded:
“The new Chief Constable takes up office at a challenging time for policing. The security threat remains at severe across Northern Ireland. In light of the brutal murder of Lyra McKee and callous attempt on the life of a police officer in East Belfast the PSNI must continue to lead a tough and tangible response to the threat of dissident republicans, other paramilitaries and organised criminals in our society.”
Foyle MLA Gary Middleton added:
“The PSNI has some of the most talented, experienced and professional officers and staff of any police force not only in the UK but anywhere in the world. The incoming Chief Constable has a great deal of existing PSNI expertise to lean upon and we would encourage him to avail of those skill-sets, as well as the insight of officers based in local communities, as he starts his programme of work.”