Ford proposal on chief constable job rejected by board

Justice Minister David Ford

Justice Minister David Ford

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The Policing Board has formally rejected a controversial proposal from Stormont’s Justice Minister to alter the recruitment criteria for the next chief constable.

A majority of members voted to maintain the current framework for selecting the Province’s top officer when Matt Baggott retires in the autumn.

Minister David Ford faced a storm of criticism from political rivals last month when he announced his intention to remove the mandatory requirement for Mr Baggott’s successor to have served two years at senior rank outside Northern Ireland.


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