Inspections of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Inspections into crime recording and efficiency – March 2015
HMIC was commissioned by David Ford, Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland under section 41(2) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (PNI Act 1998) to inspect the PSNI on both efficiency and crime recording.
Historical Enquiries Team – July 2013
Upon the request of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), in 2012, the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland commissioned HMIC to inspect the role and function of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).
Re-inspection of the Historical Enquiries Team – 2014/15
In June 2014, at the request of the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) and the Chief Constable of the PSNI, the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland commissioned HMIC to undertake a follow-up inspection in relation to the HET.
In December 2014, the NIPB and PSNI expressed broad agreement with the following terms of reference:
“HMIC to consider the response and progress that has been made to the recommendations of HMIC’s 2013 report entitled ‘Inspection of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Historical Enquiries Team’.”
Human tissue audit – May 2013
In May 2012, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) 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 was commissioned by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland to carry out an independent assessment of the progress Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the State Pathologist’s Department, the Coroners Service and the Office of the Police Ombudsman have made against these recommendations.
Inspection findings – February 2011
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is subject to an annual statutory inspection by HMIC under Section 41 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998. In this report HMIC examined progress against the targets laid out in the PSNI’s 2010/11 Policing Plan.
Performance Management Report – December 2007
This inspection of the PSNI focused on performance management, which is viewed as being critical for the effective delivery of a range of services. It was part of a new risk based approach to inspections, focusing on key areas instead of a broad approach looking at all areas of delivery.