Policing Board back in business

07 February 2019

Anne Connolly

Members of the newly constituted Northern Ireland Policing Board held their first formal meeting with the Chief Constable today followed by a public accountability session.

Board Member discussions focused on a range of recent operational and strategic issues presented in the Chief Constable’s report including PSNI resourcing issues, security related issues and a briefing on PSNI’s plans in preparation for EU Exit.

Speaking about the meeting Board Chair Anne Connolly said:

“The Board is now fully back in business and getting on with the substantial programme of work that lies ahead in delivering on a range of duties for the benefit of policing and our community.

The appointment of a new Chief Constable and bringing permanency to a number of positions within the Service Executive Team will be the Board’s number one priority for the period ahead. 

There are a number of challenges ahead for the PSNI to be worked through including budgets and resourcing issues and potentially issues arising for policing here from the EU Exit. 

Having a democratically accountable police service and with it, effective oversight is important for our community confidence. In addition to our accountability duties, the Board also has an important advocacy role to ensure the best possible policing service for all in our community and Members share a collective desire to achieve this.”

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For further information please contact the Board’s Communications Office on 07801738795

Notes to Editors

  1. The Board was reconstituted on the 1 December 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/appointment-of-new-policing-board-members-announced-secretary-of-state. Further information on Board Members and the role and work of the Northern Ireland Policing Board can be accessed at www.nipolicingboard.co.uk
  2. A copy of the Chief Constable’s report to the Board can be found at: https://www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/publications-search

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