Section 60 Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998

Decision

Police and Crime Commissioner should sign the Section 60 Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to authorise the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI) to investigate complaints made in any operation as a result of Mutual Aid.

Decision Summary

In anticipation that Northern Ireland may require Mutual Aid following the UK departure from the EU, there are some differences in the legal provision in relation to complaints and discipline of officers from other police forces whilst serving in Northern Ireland.

Following discussions with the Chief constable, the Police and Crime Commissioner agreed to sign the Section 60 Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to authorise the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland to investigate complaints made against Mutual Aid officers whilst serving in Northern Ireland.