2016 Media Releases News

Use of force was not excessive after man refused to provide DNA sample

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A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected a claim that a man’s arrest was unjustified and that police used excessive force while taking his fingerprints, DNA samples and photographs.

Officer failed to investigate “road rage” incident

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A police officer has been disciplined for failing to investigate a road rage incident, and failing to inform the victim that the case had been closed.

Police Ombudsman recommends action after drink driver evades prosecution

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The Police Ombudsman has recommended that the PSNI should issue guidance to police officers after a man who was three times over the drink driving limit evaded prosecution on a legal technicality.

Investigation clears police over allegations they stripped and assaulted female detainee

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A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected a complaint that police stripped and assaulted a female prisoner in a cell at Strand Road police station in Derry/Londonderry in December.

Police officer disciplined for doing “virtually nothing” for 10 months on schoolboy assault case

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A police officer has been disciplined after a Police Ombudsman investigation found that for 10 months he did “virtually nothing” to progress an investigation into an assault which left a Co Down schoolboy wi...

Police officer cleared of providing false information about custody case

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A Police Ombudsman investigation has rejected claims that a police officer provided false information to a social worker dealing with a dispute between parents over the custody of their child.

Incomplete police investigation led to pensioner being informed he was to be prosecuted

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The Police Ombudsman has found that an incomplete police investigation almost resulted in an elderly man being prosecuted, despite having previously been reassured by police that he would not face charges.

Officer was justified in driving on wrong side of the road during emergency response

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A Police Ombudsman investigation has concluded that a police driver was justified in driving on the wrong side of the road, despite a complaint that he almost caused a collision.

More than 3,000 complaints against police last year

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The Police Ombudsman’s Office dealt with more than 3,000 complaints about the conduct of police officers in Northern Ireland in the last financial year – that is a drop of 10% on the previous year.

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Police officers disciplined over failure to alert doctor and colleagues about woman's head injury

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Two police officers have been disciplined after a Police Ombudsman investigation found that they failed to alert colleagues and a police doctor that a woman had suffered a head injury.

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