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Police failings over alleged assault on prison officer

13.07.17 Police failings over alleged assault on prison officer

The Police Ombudsman has found that delays in a police investigation meant that the Public Prosecution Service was unable to consider prosecuting a prisoner after an alleged assault on a prison officer in Maghaberry Prison last year.

Officer made the right decision when faced with wanted man

11.07.17 Officer made the right decision when faced with wanted man

The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, has said the actions of a police officer were justified when he discharged a TASER stun gun at a man sitting on a seat outside a bar in the centre of Belfast.

Number of complaints about police officers is falling

30.06.17 Number of complaints about police officers is falling

The number of complaints made by members of the public about police officers in Northern Ireland last year has fallen by 8% from the previous year, to fewer than 2,800.

Police Ombudsman's Annual Report, 2016-17

Police right to authorise damage to car blocking fire engine

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has rejected a claim that police failed to make reasonable efforts to avoid having to damage a parked car which was blocking a fire engine on its way to a blaze in Portrush over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Police cleared of delaying ambulance for boy with broken leg

An investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office has rejected claims that police waited 40 minutes before summoning help for a boy whose leg had been broken in an alleged assault.

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Historical Investigations

Information about the work of the Police Ombudsman in investigating incidents related to "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998.

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