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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.

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New video about police stop and searches

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The Police Ombudsman’s Office has launched a ’video’ on social media to explain to young people their rights and responsibilities when stopped and searched/questioned by a police officer.

Police right to authorise damage to vehicle blocking fire engine

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An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has rejected a claim that police failed to make reasonable efforts to avoid having to damage a parked car which was blocking a fire engine on its way to a bl...

Police cleared of waiting 40 minutes before calling ambulance for boy with broken leg

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An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has rejected claims that police waited 40 minutes before summoning help for a boy whose leg had been broken in an alleged assault.

Police officer disciplined over failure to investigate mugging

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A police officer has been disciplined after a Police Ombudsman investigation found that he had failed to undertake “even the most basic of steps” to investigate a mugging in the Greater Belfast area.

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