Former Garda Chief Appointed Director of Strategic Partnerships

Noirin O’Sullivan stepped down as Garda Commissioner in September 2017 due to what she described at the time as the “unending cycle” of investigations and inquiries.

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to become their Director of Strategic Partnerships for Europe.

O’Sullivan joins the US-based non-profit organisation in this newly-created role as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Europe, and it will be the first time in its history that a staff member will be based outside of the country.

The appointment is seen as “an instrumental step” in the association’s goals to further expand its global reach and representation

In a statement, the IACP said: “Commissioner O’Sullivan brings to the IACP over 30 years of invaluable law enforcement experience. Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has shown an unwavering commitment to the law enforcement profession, and will be a great asset to the association and the global profession.”

The statement also notes that Nóirín O’Sullivan was the first woman to lead the Gardaí in its 92-year history, who had a long and decorated history in the Gardaí, first joining in 1981. She is expected to start her new job later in the autumn and will be based in Ireland.

The IACP is a law enforcement organisation that represents over 30,000 members in more than 140 countries. Its mission is to advance the law enforcement profession through advocacy, outreach, education and programs.