A SENIOR member of the RUC/PSNI has been promoted to the post of superintendent in An Garda Siochana, in the first move of its kind under legislation that allows officers to transfer forces.
It is the first time since legislation was introduced 10 years ago that a police officer serving in the North of Ireland has opted to serve in the Republic of Ireland. The male officer is one of 45 promoted to the senior ranks of the force following a selection process. The officer has been informed of his promotion but his name has not been made public until the full list of promotions is revealed next week once his move is approved next week once his move is approved by the Irish Government. His transfer and promotion were agreed by a three-person interview board comprising two non-police officers and an assistant Garda commissioner. It is understood the officer previously served in the RUC/PSNI at the rank of chief inspector. The appointment was made possible under the terms of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 which allows for the “exchange, secondment or later entry” of members between the two police services. The officer is one of 38 to be promoted to the rank of superintendent and is expected to take up a position with the gardai in the next few weeks.
With many thanks to: Allison Morris, The Irish News, for the origional story.