How do police reform laws impact Ireland?

An overview of how the legislative branch of Ireland’s State Police will regulate policing, from its mandate to its powers.

The report by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is published today, and will be read at the NPCC conference on Wednesday. 

The NPCC report recommends a number of changes to the current Police Act, which has been in place since 2012. 

Among them, the NPSC recommends abolishing the powers of the Public Order (Scotland) Commissioner to issue warrantless search warrants for people with a history of violence or who pose a threat to the public. 

This is in response to a number, including a series of violent incidents, in which people have been stopped and searched without justification. 

However, there are a number other issues in the NPPC report, such as the lack of accountability and the lack a uniform code of practice for police officers and members. 

Read more on the NPTC’s report here. 

What do the NPCCC recommendations mean for the Police Service of Northern Ireland?

The NPSC’s recommendations include:  An independent statutory commissioner to oversee the policing of the Police Act; The introduction of the Uniform Criminal Code (UCC) into the Police (Scotland and Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to provide the basis for criminal prosecution for breaches of the UCC; An overhaul of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), which currently operates as a body for investigating complaints about police officers; A new set of powers for the Independent Public Prosecutor, which can make recommendations to the courts about criminal offences and the punishment for offences;  A review of the Civil Justice Act of 2016, which is used to protect vulnerable and vulnerable people from unlawful discrimination, harassment and violence;  A review of powers relating to policing and public order, and a review of other legislation; More powers to investigate, prosecute and convict crime, including new powers to require a person to provide evidence in court; Increased powers to prevent and investigate organised crime; Enhanced powers to prosecute and prosecute people accused of offences and to prosecute those responsible for serious crime; and New powers to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people and communities, including for the elderly. 

More information can be found at Irish police unions oppose reforms to the Police and Crime Commission (PCC) and the NPCT report will be heard at the annual General Council of Police Associations (GCPA) conference on September 12. 

 Read the NPNC report here. 

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