One way in which the Board monitors the performance of the PSNI in complying with the Human Rights Act 1998 is by undertaking human rights thematic reviews. This mechanism enables an in-depth examination of specific areas of policing from a human rights perspective. A key feature of this approach is use of the community’s experience of policing as evidence by which to evaluate police policy and practice. To date, human rights thematic reviews have been published which examine:
- domestic abuse (March 2009) - An update report on PSNI progress in implementing the recommendations in the domestic abuse thematic review was published in May 2011;
- children & young people (January 2010) - An update report (PDF 645KB) on PSNI progress in implementing the recommendations in the children and young people thematic review was published in November 2013;
- policing with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (March 2012) - Update reports on PSNI progress in implementing the recommendations from the Thematic Review for LGB and Transgender individuals were published in April 2015; and
- The use of police powers to stop and search (October 2013).