Drew Harris was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable on 13 October 2014. Whilst he has many responsibilities in this role he is specifically responsible for performance and change management.
Drew was 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. He is also recognised as an expert in dealing with critical incidents. Drew was appointed in February 2013 as a high level expert to a European Parliament Committee reporting on organised crime and corruption.
He previously held the national ACPO Hate Crime portfolio for eight years where he led on improving the Criminal Justice response to victims, improving detection rates and improving data collection. Drew has delivered national conferences to highlight Disability Hate Crime and strategies, to improve recording, police response and detection rates in this area, ultimately to protect some of the most vulnerable in society.
Drew has a wide experience of policing across Northern Ireland and has held a variety of operational commands. 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 Units. Drew has always been focused in protecting the vulnerable in society from serious harm.
In 2002, he completed a two-year secondment in the rank of Superintendent to Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, Scotland.
Drew holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Politics and Economics and a M.St in Criminology (Cantab). He completed the Strategic Command Course in 2004, the Leadership in International Counter Terrorism Course in 2005 and the FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute programme for senior law enforcement officers in 2010. He is a member of the International Association of Chief Police Officers and a friend of the Windsor Leadership Trust.
Having been a police officer since 1983 he received an OBE in the Birthday Honours List, June 2010. He is married and has four grown up children.