Departing PSNI chief constable Sir Hugh Orde has admitted he is leaving during Northern Ireland's "most challenging times" since his arrival in 2002.
Sir Hugh's tenure as chief constable has been during a period of relative peace, but the murders last month by dissident republicans of two soldiers and a policeman has led to renewed international focus on Northern Ireland.
Cross-community support for the police has dramatically increased during his time in charge, and he said he was leaving policing in a healthy state as he takes on a new role as president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
"I've been here for nearly seven years - I said I'd come for five," he told a news conference.
"I've got mixed emotions about going - this is a great organisation to lead and it's done outstandingly well.
It has been a rough and challenging ride, that's what you expect at this level of policing
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