2015 Media Releases News

Officer disciplined for failing to investigate and making false record

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A police officer has been formally disciplined for failing to investigate an allegation of criminal damage, and later falsely claiming to have taken steps to progress the case.

Police use of Tasers justified in ten incidents involving use of weapons

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The Police Ombudsman has published his findings into ten incidents during which Tasers were fired by police officers between July 2012 and June last year.

Officer fired accidental shot while stopping car containing suspected gunmen

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A police officer fired an accidental shot after his gun struck the driver’s side window of a car believed to contain armed paramilitaries, an investigation by the Police Ombudsman has concluded.

Officer disciplined after near-collision with motorist

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The Police Ombudsman’s Office has upheld a complaint from a member of the public who was forced to do an emergency stop to avoid a police vehicle which had gone through red traffic lights in Belfast city cen...

Police made proper enquiries into missing person report and mugging concerns

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Police made all reasonable efforts to locate a missing man and to investigate whether he had been mugged, an investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has concluded.

‘Cuts to public sector funding will bring more problems for policing’

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The Police Ombudsman has told a meeting of police Superintendents that he is aware the current cuts in public funding will have a knock on effect on the problems police have to deal with.

Officer disciplined for shaking youth and using abusive language

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A police officer has been disciplined after a Police Ombudsman investigation concluded that he had grabbed a youth by his coat, shook him and used abusive language.

Officer justified in punching man who assaulted defenceless woman with “metal bar” in Portrush

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The Police Ombudsman has concluded that a police officer was justified in punching a man who had subjected a “defenceless” woman to a beating with what appeared to be a metal bar, during an incident in Portr...

Officer cautioned for assault after altercation with teenage girl over music

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A police officer alleged to have grabbed a teenage girl by her hair and cardigan and tripped her up while wrenching a music speaker from her grasp, has been cautioned for assault following a Police Ombudsman...

Police did not cause closure of man’s bank accounts

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Police played no part in a bank’s decision to close the accounts of one of its customers, an investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has concluded.

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