Published Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Mr Cox stood down on Saturday. (© Pacemaker)
Detective Chief Superintendent Tina Barnett took over the unit from 28 September.
She will be joined by Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy.
Former head Dave Cox stepped down last month following an inspection report that criticised the way the HET reviewed military killings in Northern Ireland.
It said the body, charged with investigating deaths during the Troubles, had been acted illegally by dealing less rigorously with army cases than with paramilitary ones.
Amid growing pressure Mr Cox stepped down from his role on Saturday.
A statement from the PSNI confirmed that Ms Barnett, formerly of Crime Operations Branch, and Mr Murphy, formerly based in E District Command Unit, will lead the team.
It said: "The new structure has a strong commitment to support the work which has already been undertaken at HET and will continue on the implementation of the recommendations of the recent HMIC report to ensure confidence is restored in the work of the team."
Reacting, campaigners from Relatives for Justice claimed the change-up misses the issue and insisted that the HET "must go".
They said: "From the outset Relatives for Justice have maintained that the problem with the HET is that the political policemen of the PSNI have been firmly in the driving seat.
"Removing Cox and other senior officers misses entirely the issue as the problem is ingrained in the overarching architecture of both the HET and the PSNI - a place where the word independence doesn't exist at all and where the framework enables the vested interest to be protected with checks and balances that prevent the truth from emerging about State actions."
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