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Police Ombudsman

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been made against the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's investigators; what the nature of each complaint was; and what action has been taken in respect of each complaint. [120365]

The Police Ombudsman has advised that, to date, 22 formal complaints have been made against her investigators, three from members of the public and 19 from police officers. It is not the policy for the Police Ombudsman to comment on the details of each complaint. However complaints concern issues such as: the length and nature of the investigation process, the outcome of the process not meeting expectations, and other administrative issues. The action taken in response to a complaint can range from amendments to procedures, through to disciplinary action against staff under the Police Ombudsman's internal disciplinary policy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland have been dismissed; and what the reasons were. [120366]

The Police Ombudsman has advised that, to date, two members of staff have been dismissed following internal disciplinary investigations. Due to legal and confidential reasons, the Police Ombudsman does not comment on the specific details of each case.