At the end of an Investigation

When an investigation has been completed, and if there is evidence that a criminal offence may have been committed by an identifiable officer, we will refer the matter to the Public Prosecution Service to consider if someone should face criminal charges.

At the completion of an investigation and following any court proceedings, we will provide the complainant with a detailed statement of our findings, which in most cases will also be published in the form of a Public Statement.

The Office will guarantee that such statements will give as clear an understanding as possible of the events in question, our findings and the reasons for them.

Previous public statements about the investigation of events during ‘The Troubles’ are available on our website.

As an independent investigative body, the Police Ombudsman’s Office cannot guarantee it will be able to provide answers to all the questions posed in an investigation, nor that those answers which it does provide will be welcomed by everyone.
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