Policing

CAJ works to ensure that policing structures, policies, practices, and conduct in Northern Ireland conform to best practice and internationally recognised human rights standards.

We do this by:

Researching areas of concern (e.g. use of Tasers, operation of stop and search powers).

Responding to relevant policing consultations.

Producing and disseminating research findings and policy recommendations.

Monitoring the operation of policing institutions, in relation to human rights compliance and implementation of Patten recommendations.

Engaging with the PSNI, policing oversight and accountability mechanisms and other key stakeholders.

Lobbying at local, regional and international level.

You can download a copy of our policing conference report (November 2009) by clicking here. (PDF, 3 MB)

A conference transcript is also available here. (PDF, 773 KB)

In June 2011, CAJ launched a major report into the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. 

Download the report by clicking the image below.

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CAJ submitted a large number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests as part of this research.  The titles and dates of the FOIs are contained in the following table , and a copy of each FOI can be found in the the form of a PDF file below.

Request Number FOI 1  (FOIs 1-6 can be downloaded here) (PDF, 1 MB)

Breakdown of benefits in kind received by Police Ombudsman (05 Aug 2010)

Request Number FOI 2

Breakdown of costs incurred under ‘Travel and Subsistence’ in the Annual Report and Accounts for senior officials (05 Aug 2010)

Request Number FOI 3

Breakdown of costs referred to as ‘Other Costs’ in Annual Report and Accounts (05 August 2010)

Request Number FOI 4

Breakdown of costs referred to as ‘Operating Leases: Other’ in Annual Report and Accounts (06 August 2010)

Request Number FOI 5

Explanation as to why changes were made to governance structures for senior management per Business Plan 2010-11 (11 August 2010)

Request Number FOI 6

Breakdown of benefits in kind for the Executive Director of Investigations and the Director of Investigations (2004-05) (12 August 2010)

Request Number FOI 7 (download FOI 7 here) (PDF, 3 MB)

All documents provided to potential applicants as part of the recruitment process for the post of the (second) Police Ombudsman (12 August 2010)

Request Number FOI 8 (download FOI 8 here) (PDF, 693 KB)

All current and prior policy directive documents that relate to ‘Policies and Procedures Relating to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI)’ with respect to the PSNI (26 August 2010)

Request Number FOI 9 (download FOI 9 AND 10 here) (PDF, 478 KB)

All current and prior policy directive documents that relate to ‘Policies and Procedures Relating to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI)’ with respect to the HET (16 September 2010)

Request Number FOI 10 DENIED

All current and prior policy directive documents that relate to ‘Policies and Procedures Relating to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI)’ with respect to the PSNI’s Crime Operations Department and the following specialist branches: Organized Crime (C1); Serious Crime (C2); Intelligence (C3); and, Crime Operations Support (C4). (21 September 2010)

Request Number FOI 11 (download FOI 11-14 here) (PDF, 678 KB)

Breakdown o f the salary and benefits in kind received by Mrs. Nuala O’Loan in 2000/01 and 2001/02 (30 Sept 2010)

Request Number FOI 12

A detailed explanation of what comprises “related tax and national insurance payments” in the amount of £13,180 and paid by the Office on the Police Ombudsman’s behalf as part of his Benefits in Kind. (04 October 2010)

Request Number FOI 13

The terms of reference and organizational chart or the Advisory Group referred to by Al Hutchinson in an interview for the BBC, 15 July 2010. (06 October 2010)

Request Number FOI 14

Documentation including MoUs which outline policies, procedures and practices of the Critical Review Panel and any related documentation regarding the composition of the Panel. (06 October 2010)

Request Number FOI 15 (download FOI 15 AND 16 here) (PDF, 164 KB)

Documents including MoUs which outline how the PSNI document ‘Policies and Procedures Relating to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI)’ was agreed and by whom, and when agreement came into effect. (06 October 2010)

Request Number FOI 16 (download FOI 16 part 2 here) (PDF, 146 KB)

Any and all documents which pertain to the meeting between Al Hutchinson and Detective Chief Superintendent Mark McDowell at or around the time of the publication of the report on the Police Ombudsman’s Claudy investigation (24 August 2010). (13 Oct 2010)

Request Number FOI 17  PARTIALLY DENIED (download FOI 17 AND 18 here) (PDF, 425 KB)

Any and all documentation between OPONI and the NIO which pertains to: security clearance for the second Police Ombudsman; the terms and conditions of employment of the second Police Ombudsman; and, the short-listing of candidates for the post of the second Police Ombudsman. (14 Oct 2010)

Request Number FOI 18  DENIED

A transcription (or a copy of the tape) of the phone conversation that occurred on 09 May 2007 between Ms. Nicky Oppenheimer of Odgers, Ray and Berndtson (currently Odgers Berndtson) and Mr. Sam Pollack, Chief Executive of the Police Ombudsman’s Office. (14 Oct 2010)

Request Number FOI 19 DENIED

Any and all documents which pertain to policies, procedures, agreements and relations between PSNI Crime Operations and the Police Ombudsman’s Office. (19 Oct 2010)

Request Number FOI 20 (download FOI 20 here) (PDF, 134 KB)

For 2009/10, please detail the ‘presentations and other community initiatives’ aimed to enhance public and police understanding of the work of the Office (OPONI Annual Business Plan, 2009-2010, page 11) (13 Jan 2010)

Request Number FOI 21 (download FOI 21 here) (PDF, 251 KB)

As referenced in the Office’s Annual Business Plan for 2006-207, please provide details on the “programme of 50 outreach events during the year 2005-06” (page 12).  Please provide similar details for community outreach events in 2006/07. (13 Jan 2010)

Request Number FOI 22 (download FOI 22 here) (PDF, 160 KB)

Since November 2007, a listing of the historic cases which have been publicly reported on and how this was handled (press release, website only, etc).  Also a listing of historic cases in which the investigation phase has concluded and the report is being written/finalized including the projected date of completion. (24 Jan 2011)

Request Number FOI 23 (download FOI 23 here) (PDF, 54 KB)

Please provide any and all documentation that relates to the review process for the post-holders allowance to cover the rental cost of a two bedroom, furnished apartment during the period of employment at a rate of £1,000 per month.  Please also clarify whether this ‘allowance’ remains in place and if not, the date when it was terminated. (25 Jan 2011)

Request Number FOI 24 (download FOI 24 here) (PDF, 165 KB)

Please confirm amount of ‘payments in lieu of pension’ received by the Police Ombudsman for 2008/09 and 2009/10. (23 January 2011)

Request Number FOI 25 (download FOI 25 here) (PDF, 165 KB)

In relation to the information kindly provided by your office in response to our FOI request 21, could you please indicate what community presentations during 2006/07 were undertaken by the Police Ombudsman herself?  Similarly, could you confirm how many community presentations occurred during 2009/10 and which were undertaken by the Police Ombudsman himself? (01 Feb 2011)

Request Number FOI NIO 2 (download FOI NIO here) (PDF, 229 KB)

A detailed breakdown of information with respect to individuals who applied for the post of the (second) Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (2007) to include number of applicants, number of applicants short-listed, and corresponding information regarding the age, gender, ethnic origin, disability and community background of candidates to meet the Northern Ireland Office’s equality obligations under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. (16 Sept 2010)

For more information on our policing work, please email Daniel@caj.org.uk