Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

I would like request guidance, documents or any handbooks you may have in regards to the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chain of Command / Structure.

What rank goes in what order and I would like you to also include district commander/area commander and any other commander or additional role in the PSNI, including their responsibility and is there a specific rank you need to be to get a role like District Commander?

Yours faithfully,

Aodhán Roberts

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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30th December 2019

Dear Mr. Roberts,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 30th
December 2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland
(PSNI) on 30th December 2019.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

PSNI Chain of Command/Structure

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David

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Police Service of Northern Ireland

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

4th February 2020

Dear Mr. Roberts,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 30th
December 2019 which was received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland
(PSNI) on 30th December 2019.  I note you seek access to the following
information:

PSNI Chain of Command/Structure

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your request;
PSNI is currently dealing with a backlog and endeavour to respond as soon
as possible. To enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to
meet your request could you please provide further clarification on the
following:

Regarding Question 2, the words “and any other commander or additional
role in the PSNI, including their responsibility”, please provide
clarification as to what you are referring to by ‘additional roles’ in
relation to this as this could be interpreted  as relating to every duty
type in the organisation.

Additionally in Question 3, when you state “to get a role like District
Commander?” please provide clarification as to what you are referring to
in relation to this request as this could be interpreted  as relating to
every duty type in the organisation.

 

You should be aware that the 20 day legislative time limit dictated by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been stopped. Once we receive
clarification of your request a new 20 working day time limit will
commence.

Please send clarification of your request by writing to Corporate
Information Branch, PSNI Headquarters, 65 Knock Road Belfast BT5 6LE or by
email to [email address]. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss
your request or have any additional queries you can contact the Corporate
Information Branch on 028 9070 0164.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Decision Maker
Corporate Information Branch
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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