Chief Constable Simon Byrne

Aodhán R made this Freedom of Information request to Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

As seen on Twitter, PSNI's Chief Constable Simon Byrne likes to actively upload photos of him walking around the streets with officers. https://twitter.com/ChiefConPSNI/status/.... As you can see, the Chief Constable isn't carrying any type of personal protective equipment such as a baton, spray, etc. This has left me wondering, is the Chief Constable issued with a firearm and different types of equipment?

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán R

Police Service of Northern Ireland

This e-mail has been marked OFFICIAL [PUBLIC];

30th July 2019

Dear Mr. Robertson,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 29th July
2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
on 29th July 2019.  I note you seek access to the following information:

Equipment Issued To The Chief Constable

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Subject: FOI-2019-01869
3^rd September 2019

Dear Mr. Robertson,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 29th July
2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland on 29th
July 2019 concerning:

Equipment Issued To The Chief Constable

Please find attached response to your request and accept our apologises
for the delay .

 

Yours sincerely,

Jane
FOI Decision Maker
Corporate Information Branch
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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