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Officer acted contrary to PPS advice

22.09.16 Officer acted contrary to PPS advice

A Police Ombudsman investigation has found that a police officer acted contrary to the advice of the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) when he gave a man accused of assault an immediate caution.

Force justified to prevent young person jumping from bridge

20.09.16 Force justified to prevent young person jumping from bridge

The Police Ombudsman has rejected a complaint that police were aggressive and overly forceful when dealing with a vulnerable young female who was threatening to jump from a bridge in south Belfast in April this year.

Use of TASERs justified during blade and drugs incidents

15.09.16 Use of TASERs justified during blade and drugs incidents

The Police Ombudsman has found that police were justified in using TASER stun guns to prevent people causing harm to themselves, either with blades or as a result of drugs, during incidents in Lisburn, Ballymena and Belfast last year.

Renewed witness appeal following death of Gerard McMahon

The Police Ombudsman's Office has released additional information and issued a fresh appeal for witnesses following the death of Gerard McMahon after an incident in Belfast city centre last Thursday morning (8 September).

Investigation compromised over failure to use interpreter

A police investigation into a traffic incident which left a woman needing a skin graft was “completely compromised” by an officer’s failure to take a statement from the injured party, and instead to base his report almost entirely on the driver’s account.

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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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