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Policing Authority Appoints Assistant Commissioners in the Garda Síochána

The Policing Authority is pleased to announce that, at its Authority meeting last week, it appointed Chief Superintendents Jonathan Roberts, Eileen Foster and Paul Cleary to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in the Garda Síochána.

The appointments were made following a selection competition that involved a three-staged process, conducted in accordance with the statutory framework and the Authority’s Statement of Practice.

The Authority congratulates Assistant Commissioners Roberts, Foster and Cleary and wishes them well in their future careers.



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Biographical Details:

Chief Superintendent Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts has most recently held a dual role in the PSNI as Head of Learning and Development, and Professional Standards including Anti-Corruption, and has also acted as T/Assistant Chief Constable, Operational Support Department.

Prior to this, he has held roles including District Commander for Belfast, Head of the PSNI College, and Superintendent for Performance, Assurance and Justice in Belfast District. Earlier in his career Jonathan was the Head of Belfast based Major Investigation Teams, following on from extensive experience in serious crime investigation, including leading the investigations into several high profile murders.

Jonathan has over 26 years policing experience.

Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster

Eileen Foster was most recently Chief Superintendent in Kerry Division. She was previously Detective Superintendent in Garda National Protective Services Bureau, as well as working in a number of other areas including Superintendent, Performance & Assurance in DMR South Central, Detective Inspector, Crime in Cork City, Inspector in Anglesea Street, Cork City, Detective Sergeant on Northside of Cork City and as a Detective Garda in the Divisional Drugs Unit in Cork City. 

She has served in the Garda Síochána for 31 years. 

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary

Paul Cleary was most recently Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of the Garda National Cybercrime Bureau, Garda National Technical Bureau and Operational Support Services and previously Chief Superintendent in charge of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau.

He was a Detective Superintendent for the Dublin Regional specialist units and also served as Detective Superintendent for Dublin West. He was Detective Inspector in Kevin Street and Detective Sergeant in Operational Intelligence (CHIS). He was also a Detective in Store Street and the Special Detective Unit.

He has served 29 years in the Garda Síochána.



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