Statement on Police Ombudsman’s statement that police did not disclose sensitive ‘troubles’ related information

14 February 2019

Anne Connolly

Speaking about Police Ombudsman’s statement that police did not disclose sensitive ‘troubles’ related information, Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said:

 “As the body responsible for the independent investigation of complaints against the PSNI, it is essential that there is full disclosure of material to allow the Police Ombudsman’s Office to do its job. This is fundamental to our police accountability structures.

Whilst the PSNI has outlined some of the complexities around the volume and location of material relating to legacy searches, the systems and checking processes are not meeting legislative duties around disclosure and therefore require review.

Incidents like this have a very negative impact on confidence and the Board will be discussing this matter with the Chief Constable at its next meeting.”

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