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Investigation of officers' off-duty conduct lacked fairness

13.12.18 Investigation of officers

Police failings compromised the fairness of an investigation into off-duty police officers involved in a fight with members of the public in Coleraine, the Police Ombudsman has found.

'Video' woman has assault complaint rejected


A woman who claimed she was assaulted by police officers after a knife was seized from her handbag at a party has had her complaint dismissed by the Police Ombudsman’s Office.

Police officer breached homeless hostel’s no alcohol policy

A police officer has been disciplined after breaching a homeless hostel’s policies by climbing in through a window and spending several hours drinking with residents.

No one ‘protected’ in Robert McCartney murder investigation

The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has said that while he understands the family of Robert McCartney may well feel that the criminal justice system has failed them, there is no evidence police played any part in that failure.

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Historical Investigations

Information about the work of the Police Ombudsman in investigating incidents related to "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

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