Board recommends PSNI search cards

Published Friday, 08 February 2013
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Young people who are stopped and searched by police should be given an information card, the Policing Board recommends.

Board recommends PSNI search cards
The Policing Board looked at human rights issues within the PSNI. (© UTV)

The board has been looking into how police in Northern Ireland have met their human rights responsibilities over the past year.

It has made 11 new recommendations, including giving out cards which explain stop and search powers, how they should be carried out and the extent of information to be provided by police officers exercising the powers.

"Given the mutual benefit to both the police and young people to be derived from this initiative, a recommendation is made in the 2012 Report that PSNI consider developing a similar card to be handed out to adults who are stopped and searched," said Policing Board member Conall McDevitt.

The Human Rights report also expressed concerns over the use of police custody to hold immigration detainees.

A UK Border Agency (UKBA) short term holding facility was opened in Larne in July 2011, but 146 people were still held in police custody between July 2011 and March 2012, although that figure is down on the previous year.

The board questioned why the UKBA is continuing to use policy custody and board chair Brian Rea said: "Debate and discussion on the issue of human rights in policing is important and particularly with those who it directly affects - the community and the police."

ACC George Hamilton said it is important that the PSNI is held accountable.

"The fundamental building blocks for the delivery of effective policing and community confidence are human rights and accountability," he said.

"Accountability on this important issue is essential and PSNI welcome the scrutiny provided through the Board's Human Rights Committee and the work of their Human Rights adviser."

© UTV News
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13 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (534 days ago):
I suppose you can get nectar points when stopped as well?? :)
waste of monies in bangor wrote (535 days ago):
who is going to issue cards to the rioters?
Davey in Lisburn wrote (536 days ago):
This is not about policing. It is about armchair penpushers trying to justify the money they get for doing very little.
John in N Belfast wrote (536 days ago):
Another note is that there are NO Code of Practice for these searches at all.
Telling it Straight in Belfast wrote (536 days ago):
I hear that there is to be Another review into the Polices performance under the Human Rights Act a day after the Police got a pat on the back for last summers policing operation. How much more of OUR MONEY is to be spent carrying out these constant reviews. Spend the money on education.
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