Policing



Properties seized by paramilitary crime task force under Proceeds of Crime Act

A number of properties in Northern Ireland have been seized by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers, working as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF), following a High Court order.

Published 24 November 2020

No further action against Gerry Kelly over 'offensive' tweet

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly will face no further action following complaints that an "offensive" tweet breached the NI Policing Board's code of conduct.

Published 23 November 2020

Watchdog report raises questions about 'institutional racism' in the PSNI

A new report which blasted the PSNI's approach to Black Lives Matter protests in Northern Ireland as "not lawful" raises questions about institutional racism in the force, a law firm has said.

Published 13 November 2020

Ban on over-35s becoming gardaí ruled unlawful

A ban on over-35s applying to become gardaí is discriminatory and unlawful, the Workplace Relations Commission has ruled.

Published 5 November 2020

Gardaí to gain new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers

Gardaí will be able to issue fixed penalty notices of up to €500 under new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers announced by government ministers.

Published 21 October 2020

Police and MI5 crime authorisation bill clears third reading

Proposed legislation giving undercover police and MI5 agents explicit permission to commit criminal offences has passed its third reading in the House of Commons by a huge margin.

Published 16 October 2020

Prominent crime reporter lodges complaint against PSNI

A prominent crime reporter has lodged a complaint with the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland over the PSNI's alleged failure to investigate a threat against her newborn son.

Published 13 October 2020

Former DPP says MI5 crime authorisation bill goes 'too far'

Proposed legislation giving undercover police and MI5 agents explicit permission to commit criminal offences goes "too far" and should be watered down, a former head of the English prosecution service has said.

Published 5 October 2020

Gardaí with domestic and sexual violence training now rolled out nationwide

Gardaí with special training in domestic and sexual violence are now available across the State following the completion of the rollout of Garda Divisional Protective Services Units (DPSUs).

Published 30 September 2020

Undercover police and MI5 agents to be permitted to commit crimes

Undercover police and MI5 agents will be given explicit permission in law to commit criminal offences under new legislation introduced by the UK government.

Published 25 September 2020

Rights watchdog expresses 'serious concern' at use of spit hoods by gardaí

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has expressed serious concern at reports of garda using anti-spit guards on children and vulnerable people with mental health issues.

Published 23 September 2020

Taser rollout backed despite PSNI failures to report use of force

Tasers should be made more widely available to frontline PSNI officers despite the force failing to record its use of force accurately, a watchdog has said.

Published 10 September 2020

New podcast to explore first-hand experiences with gardaí

A new podcast launched by academics at Dublin City University (DCU) will explore people's first-hand experiences with gardaí.

Published 3 September 2020

Garda to gain powers to close bars and restaurants breaching pandemic rules

Plans to introduce new Garda powers to close bars and restaurants which breach COVID-19 health regulations have been unveiled by ministers.

Published 31 August 2020

Gardaí urged to abandon use of spit hoods

An Garda Síochána's routine use of spit hoods during the COVID-19 pandemic is incompatible with human rights law on torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, civil liberties campaigners have said.

Published 31 August 2020