Proposals to reform Northern Ireland policing oversight bodies out for consultation
Proposals for reforms to Northern Ireland’s policing oversight and accountability structures have gone out to consultation.
The consultation document sets out recommendations arising from the justice minister’s “stocktake” of policing oversight and accountability, as well as recommendations made by the police ombudsman in her five-year review.
Justice minister Naomi Long said: “In Northern Ireland, a number of bodies have a role in ensuring oversight and accountability of policing oversight and accountability, which is a fundamental part of ensuring and promoting public confidence in policing.
“When I became justice minister, I considered it timely, and indeed good practice, to take stock of our current policing oversight arrangements to see if there were any areas in need of improvement or reform.
“I have also received recommendations from the police ombudsman for reform of her powers and I am taking the opportunity to consult on her five-year review report alongside the stocktake.”
The consultation will run until 1 March 2022.