The main commitment of the Police Ombudsman's Office is to provide independent, impartial investigations which are free from police, governmental or community interest.
The Historical Investigations Directorate may on occasion investigate incidents that are subject to simultaneous investigation by the PSNI's Major Crime Unit, its Historical Enquiry Team or the State Coroner. Such investigations will be carried out independently.
It does on occasion discuss the service it provides with non-governmental organisations, the Commission for Victims and Survivors and solicitors representing victims and survivors of ‘The Troubles’. Such discussions are not part of the investigative process.
The Directorate's investigations will comply with Article Two of the European Convention on Human Rights: none of the investigators will have any links to the matters they are investigating.