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Commissioner Harris

Title: Garda Commissioner

Native Of: Belfast, County Antrim

Appointed: September 2018

Career Highlights: Commissioner Drew Harris has 34 years police service with the Police
Service of Northern Ireland. During that time, he held a number of senior operational
commands and has policing experience across a wide number of areas.

He was previously Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI where he was specifically
responsible for performance and change management.

He was also previously responsible for the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Crime
Operations Department and is recognised as a national expert in dealing with high risk covert
policing operations and critical incidents. He was appointed in 2013 as a high level expert to
a European Parliament Committee reporting on organised crime and corruption.

He held the UK’s Association of Chief Police Officers Hate Crime portfolio for eight years
where he has led on improving the criminal justice response to victims, improving detection
rates and improving data collection. In this role, he delivered national conferences to
highlight disability hate crime and strategies to improve recording, police response and
detection rates in this area with the goal of protecting some of the most vulnerable in society.
As an Assistant Chief Constable Drew has also led on PSNI initiatives where he took
responsibility for the management of sex offenders and the introduction of Public Protection

In 2002, he completed a two-year secondment in the rank of Superintendent to Her Majesty's
Inspector of Constabulary, Scotland.

He is married to Jane and they have four grown children.

He received an OBE in 2010.


- BA (Hons) Degree in Politics and Economics, Open University (1997)
- Masters in Criminology, University of Cambridge (2007)
- Strategic Command Course (2004)
- Leadership in International Counter Terrorism Course (2006)
- FBI’s National Executive Institute programme for senior law enforcement officers