Title: Garda Commissioner
Native Of: Belfast, County Antrim
Appointed: September 2018
Career Highlights: Commissioner Drew Harris had 34 years policing experience with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) before joining An Garda Síochána. In his current role as Commissioner of An Garda Síochána he has responsibility for both Policing and State Security for Ireland. An Garda Síochána is comprised of approximately 18,000 personnel which includes over 14,000 sworn Garda members, approximately 500 Reserve Garda members and over 3,000 Garda Staff working in administration and support roles.
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. As an Assistant Chief Constable, Drew also led on PSNI initiatives where he took responsibility for the management of sex offenders and the introduction of Public Protection Units.
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 was awarded an (OBE) in 2010 and a Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in 2019.
– 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