Police Service of Northern Ireland – Human tissue audit

In May 2012, the Association of Chief Police Officers and National Policing Improvement Agency carried out a review of the retention of human tissue by police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This review made ten recommendations to improve processes and procedures for the retention of human tissue in criminal cases.

HMIC has been commissioned by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland to carry out an independent assessment of the progress Police Service of Northern Ireland, the State Pathologist’s Department, the Coroners Service and the Office of the Police Ombudsman have made against these recommendations.

HMIC will report the findings to the Minister of Justice and the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

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