when does oversight become dysfunctional?

With actual politicians present at the Criminal Justice Inspectorate’s Annual Stakeholder Conference today in Templepatrick[pdf file], including the NIO Security Minister, Paul Goggins MP, the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde was able to concentrate on his official role.. as Chief Constable. And as such he raised a not-unreasonable point

“We are the most accountable police service, probably in the world, and I have no difficulty with that,” Sir Hugh said. “At some stage a question needs to be asked of when does oversight become dysfunctional.”

Of course, there’s an equally valid point.. namely that it is other, apparently dysfunctional, areas of the Criminal Justice System, which require even more oversight.

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