2017 Media Releases News

Rethink on missing person investigations needed: Police Ombudsman

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The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has said police need to rethink how they handle missing person investigations.

Officer disciplined for kicking man during Belfast incident

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A police officer has been disciplined after a Police Ombudsman investigation found that he had used “excessive and unjustified” force when he kicked a man during an incident in Belfast in July 2015.

Police response to serious assault outside pub was “efficient and effective”: Police Ombudsman

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The Police Ombudsman has praised as “efficient and effective” initial enquiries made by police following an assault which left a man with fractures to his skull, cheek and nose as well as bleeding on the brain.

Officer made “inappropriate and unprofessional” comments to solicitor

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A Police Ombudsman investigation has found that a police officer made “inappropriate and unprofessional comments” after becoming frustrated with a solicitor during a criminal interview.

Concerns which “go to the heart of covert policing methods” to be investigated: Police Ombudsman

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The Police Ombudsman’s Office has launched an investigation into allegations contained in Monday’s edition of “The Irish News”, in which the paper reported conversations with two police officers and an alleg...

Agreement to end moratorium on sharing of sensitive information

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The PSNI and the Police Ombudsman have reached an agreement to end the moratorium on the sharing of sensitive information by the police.

Police Ombudsman rejects man’s claims of being "racially abused" and assaulted

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Allegations that a Scottish man was punched, racially abused and denied food and drink by police officers in Belfast have been rejected following an investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office.

Police failings rule out prosecution over alleged assault on Maghaberry prison officer

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The Police Ombudsman has found that delays in a police investigation meant that the Public Prosecution Service was unable to consider prosecuting a prisoner after an alleged assault on a prison officer in Ma...

Police officer made the right decision when faced with wanted man: Police Ombudsman

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The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has said the actions of a police officer were justified when he discharged a TASER stun gun at a man sitting on a seat outside a bar in the centre of Belfast.

Number of complaints about police officers is falling

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The number of complaints made by members of the public about police officers in Northern Ireland last year has fallen by 8% from the previous year, to fewer than 2,800.

Police Ombudsman's Annual Report, 2016-17

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