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The Department of Justice came into existence in April 2010. Its role is to support the Minister of Justice to help keep the people of Northern Ireland safe. It has a range of devolved policing and justice functions. It provides resources and a legislative framework for a number of "arms length bodies" including the Police Ombudsman's Office.
The Commission for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland exists to improve the lives of all victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict by acknowledging the legacy of the past and building for a better future.
The PIRC for Scotland carries out independent investigations into the most serious incidents involving the Police.
The Equality Commission is the body responsible for combating discrimination and promoting equality in Northern Ireland.
On Sunday, 4 November, 2001 The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) became the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) The changes to policing came about as part of reforms to the service under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
The role of the Northern Ireland Office is to support the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in securing a lasting peace, based on the Good Friday Agreement, in which the rights and identities of all traditions in Northern Ireland are fully respected and safeguarded and in which a safe, stable, just, open and tolerant society can thrive and prosper.
The purpose of this Office is to ensure that every citizen in Northern Ireland is served by a fair and efficient public administration that is committed to accountability; openness; and quality of service.
The Policing Board is an independent public body made up of 19 Political and Independent Members established to secure for all the people of Northern Ireland an effective, efficient and impartial police service which has the confidence of the whole community.
The IPCC have taken over from the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) in England and Wales which ceased to exist on 31 March 2004. The IPCC has overall responsibility for the system for complaints against the police in England and Wales. It aims to raise standards, cut delays, increase public confidence and transform the way police forces handle complaints against the police.
Citizens Advice is the largest advice charity in Northern Ireland, working against poverty and meeting the information and advice needs of some 200,000 people each year.