Police Ombudsman

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been referred to the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for investigation since its formation; and how many of these complaints have resulted in (a) successful prosecution and (b) resolution between the parties.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Police Ombudsman advises that since her office opened on 6 November 2000, and up until 31 December 2003, a of total of 10,535 complaints have been made to her office. Of these complaints 4,598 have been referred for investigation, and prosecutions by the Director of Public Prosecutions have resulted in two police officers being convicted. In the same period the informal resolution procedure has resulted in 878 complaints being resolved between the parties involved.

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