Part V of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 requires the Board each year to "make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the in the way in which its functions and those of the Chief Constable are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, effectiveness and efficiency”.
The same legislation requires the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) to annually inspect the Board’s compliance with this particular statutory function and publish its findings.
Inspection of Continuous Improvement Arrangements
The Policing Board continues to use the wealth of experience brought by the membership of the Continuous Improvement Strategic Working Group (CISWG) to advise and deliver Continuous Improvement in PSNI and the Policing Board. This group is made up of representatives from the Policing Board, PSNI, Department of Justice, NIAO, Criminal Justice Inspectorate Northern Ireland and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
It meets twice a year, and discusses ongoing and scheduled inspections of the criminal justice system which have a bearing on policy.