Following this morning's announcement by Matt Baggott, Chief Constable of PSNI, that he will leave his current post later this year, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP commented
I would like to offer sincere gratitude to the Chief Constable for the commitment he has demonstrated in delivering effective community policing across Northern Ireland and tackling the threat from terrorism. He has made an outstanding contribution to keeping the people of Northern Ireland safe and secure.
During his time as Chief Constable, Matt Baggott has also been responsible for the successful policing of a number of key events including the Olympic Torch Relay, World Police and Fire Games and the G8 Summit. I wish him well for his remaining time as Chief Constable and for the future. I thank him for his dedicated service to Northern Ireland.