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Former PSNI officer becomes assistant commissioner with An Garda Síochána

New assistant commissioner Jonathan Roberts
Suzanne McGonagle

A FORMER PSNI officer has been appointed an assistant commissioner with An Garda Síochána.

Jonathan Roberts, who has 26 years of policing experience, is to begin the role in October. He is due to take over the role of assistant commissioner in governance and accountability from Patrick Clavin, who is set to retire.

Mr Roberts recently held a dual role in the PSNI as head of learning, development, and professional standards and has also acted as an assistant chief constable.

He has held roles including district commander for Belfast, head of the PSNI College and also has extensive experience in serious crime investigation, including leading probes into several high-profile murders.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, who also came from a PSNI background, last night said: "Jonathan has a wealth of organisational and operational experience that will be of immense benefit to An Garda Síochána as we continue to improve the service we provide".

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