The body representing the PSNI’s rank and file officers has described the chief constable as a man of the “utmost integrity”.
Commenting following Matt Baggott’s announcement that he would not be seeking to renew his contract, the chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland said the current top officer had “displayed loyalty to his colleagues in the most challenging policing environment in the western world”.
Terry Spence said: “We are grateful that he is ensuring that there will be no leadership void and therefore essential continuity will be maintained before his successor is recruited. On behalf of the federation I wish him and his family well in whatever direction his career may take.”
The PSNI’s Superintendents Association also wished Mr Baggott well.
Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw added: “2014 will be a very important and significant year for the PSNI given it now looks forward to the appointment of both a new chief constable and deputy chief constable.
“The challenges facing policing in Northern Ireland remain very significant, and I therefore wish the Policing Board well with their responsibilities in appointing the right people for what are such critical roles.”
Policing Board chairwoman Anne Connolly said: “The chief constable of the PSNI is undoubtedly one of the most demanding jobs in policing and during his tenure Matt has dealt with some of the most challenging issues in ensuring the safety and security of our community. A strong advocate for community policing, Matt has worked to make sure his officers and staff deliver the best possible service to the community.”