24/07/2002

Police Ombudsman’s report laid before parliament

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Dr John Reid, has unveiled The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland’s first annual report before Parliament on Monday July 23.

The report covers the Police Ombudsman office’s discharge of its functions during the first 17 months since it was established in November 2000.

Commenting on the report and its release, Dr Reid: “I pay tribute to the work of the Police Ombudsman, Mrs Nuala O’Loan, and her staff for their work in successfully setting up a completely new and independent police complaints system.

“Like many others I will want to consider carefully what the report says, but would emphasise that the Government’s support for an independent police complaints system reflects our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of policing for Northern Ireland”.

Dr Reid added by saying that the creation of the office also reflected the Government’s belief that the whole community should enjoy a policing service which reflected the highest standards of integrity.

Earlier in the day the Secretary of State visited the offices of the Ombudsman in Belfast where Mrs O’Loan presented him with a copy of her report.

(MB)

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