24/06/2015

More Improvements Needed In Legacy Investigation Work - HMIC

Further improvements need to be made to the way legacy investigation work is being carried out in Northern Ireland, according to a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

HMIC carried out a follow-up inspection to consider the response and progress that had been made against the recommendations of HMIC's 2013 report entitled: Inspection of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Historical Enquiries Team.

However, HMIC is concerned about three issues that were the subject of our initial recommendations, which are:vetting to ensure independence; the management of intelligence and openness and accountability.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Mike Cunningham said: "It is vitally important that the public can have trust and confidence in the way legacy investigation work is carried out.

"HMIC recognises that improvements have been made against the 2013 recommendations, and that a small number are no longer directly relevant given the transfer of work to the Legacy Investigations Branch; however there are still improvements that could be made."

(CD)

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