“This appointment will follow strict public appointment procedures..”

The Secretary of State for Wales, etc, Peter Hain has announced that applications are now being invited for the next Police Ombudsman, taking over from Nuala O’Loan whose tenure ends in November. The Secretary of State’s statement is here and, should you be interested, you can download the necessary details and application forms here. As the notes to the editor state

1. The NIO has engaged Odgers Ray and Berndtson to run the competition. Advertisements will run in both the local and national press from today to appoint the successor to Nuala O’Loan whose term of office comes to an end on November 5.
2. The Police Ombudsman is appointed by Royal Warrant for a fixed term of up to seven years.
3. This appointment will follow strict public appointment procedures in accordance with OCPA guidelines.