Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Stormont Justice Committee Raymond McCartney has welcomed the call by the committee that ‘The two year rule’ regarding the hiring of a new PSNI Chief Constable should remain in place at the present time.
Mr McCartney stated,
“It is the belief of the committee that the criteria that all applicants for the position of Chief Constable must have served at least two years at Assistant Chief Constable or Chief Constable level in a policing service outside of the North should remain in place.
“David Ford today has failed to convince the justice committee of any merit in changing the criteria after the process of recruiting a new Chief Constable has started.
“It is clear from the Justice Committee meeting today that we see this intervention as interference in the recruitment process and call on the Justice Minister David Ford to drop his attempt to change the criteria.”