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New police chief for Northern Ireland appointed

May 29, 2014

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders have appointed a top-ranking insider to be the new police chief for the riot-prone British territory.

A Catholic-Protestant civilian panel picked a serving senior Northern Ireland officer, Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton, from a final list of three candidates following hour-long interviews with each jobseeker Thursday.

Also in the running for what many consider Europe’s most difficult policing job were London’s Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, the highest-ranking policewoman in Britain, and Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne of the national police force of the neighboring Republic of Ireland.

Hamilton is expected to succeed Matt Baggott as chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in September.

Northern Ireland police face recurring threats of assassination by Irish Republican Army factions and from Protestant mob violence.

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