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Policing in Northern IrelandDelivering the New Beginning?$
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Desmond Rea and Robin Masefield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381502

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.001.0001

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The Police Oversight Commissioner

The Police Oversight Commissioner

Chapter:
(p.517) Chapter Seventeen The Police Oversight Commissioner
Source:
Policing in Northern Ireland
Author(s):

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.003.0018

This chapter sets out the role of the Police Oversight Commissioner as envisaged by the Independent Commission, the appointment of the first Commissioner (Tom Constantine) and his support team (and his successor), the methodology he adopted and provides a summary of his 19 published reports up to the last one in May 2007, with particular regard to interaction with the Policing Board. The reports included favourable comment on the achievements of the Board, as well as making clear the unique scale of the transformative change programme being undertaken; the chapter notes that after May 2007 the Board took on responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the remaining Independent Commission recommendations. Drawing on a paper by Al Hutchinson and an article by team member Professor Bayley, the chapter ends with an assessment of the applicability of the model for other jurisdictions, reaching the conclusion that it provides a framework rather than a prescriptive solution.

Keywords:   Oversight, Oversight commissioner, Tom Constantine, Al Hutchinson, Applicability of the model

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