New Police Commander appointed for F District

Chief Supt. Kevin Dunwoody
Chief Supt. Kevin Dunwoody

Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody has been appointed as the replacement for Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields OBE for F District, which encompasses Mid-Ulster and South Tyrone.

Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields OBE is leaving F District for a new position as District Commander in E District, which covers Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne.

Chief Superintendent Shields became District Commander in November 2010 and says her time in F District has been hugely rewarding, “It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to serve the people of the Cookstown, Dungannon

and South Tyrone, Fermanagh and Omagh areas as District Commanderover the past 3 years.

“I would like to offer thanks to my officers and staff for their support and I pay tribute to each of them for their hard work and for their commitment to delivering policing to the people of this District. Their professionalism and dedication has resulted in growing confidence in policing in F District.

“I would also pay tribute to the many members of the community and to our partners who work with us on a daily basis to help keep our communities safe. Working together, we have seen the levels of crime and anti-social

behaviour fall.

“I am extremely proud to have served the people of this District for over three years. I take away with me many fond memories and I wish my successor Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody every success in the future.”

Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody has 18 years policing experience across a range of districts and departments.

Chief Superintendent Dunwoody has been PSNI’s Head of Training and Development for four-and-a-half years, and was involved in the G8 policing operation last year.

With a background in Crime Operations, Chief Superintendent Dunwoody, was senior investigating officer on a number of high-profile investigations and policing operations. He is also a graduate of the F.B.I College, Quantico.

Prior to joining the Police Service, he was an engineer and worked on a number of projects overseas. He also worked with local companies in F District, and in particular, the Fermanagh area.

Chief Superintendent Dunwoody said, “I am delighted with my new appointment and am keen to continue to build on the excellent work and partnerships which already exist here.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues, and the community, to provide a personal, professional and protective policing service, which is responsive to the issues which are important to local people.

“I have always enjoyed the area and people and I look forward to renewing old acquaintances and forming some new friendships.

“My predecessor Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields was firmly committed to ensuring the safety of the people of F District and I would like to take this opportunity to wish her well in her new role,” Chief Superintendent Dunwoody concluded.