“There is much uncertainty on how the tripartite relationship between the PSNI..”

The BBC has some more details on that strategic internal PSNI review of the state of policing in Northern Ireland. Along with comments from the Policing Board. From the BBC report.

“The internal review raises a number of issues which will require more detailed discussion with the Acting Chief Constable and the senior officer team,” a board spokesperson said. Board member Basil McCrea, of the UUP, said that people will have noticed fewer officers on the beat. “This is not really a critique of the police but the environment we put the police into,” he said. “If we put them into a compliance orientated culture where there is more emphasis being placed on filling in forms about crime than actually solving crime – this is a challenge to society and the oversight bodies, not just to the police.”

Also from the BBC report

The report also highlighted concerns within the force about how policing would be governed once policing and justice powers were devolved to the NI Assembly.

“There is much uncertainty on how the tripartite relationship between the PSNI, the NIPB (Northern Ireland Policing Board) and Department of Justice will operate in practice,” it said.

The review team called for a fresh approach “to end the 9-5 culture which has developed in the organisation”.

It also said reducing budgets may mean the number of police officers may have to be reduced by 500 from the current level of 7,500.

Other issues highlighted included:

• A focus on crime recording and not crime investigation.

• Little discretion, or professional freedom, for officers dealing with offenders.

• Officers complained of huge volumes of paperwork, with one recording a blog of his day and complaining of effectively having to work unpaid overtime to clear files.

• Only 48% of crime is reported to police, with the public often thinking the police could not have achieved anything.

The report is due to be discussed at a public meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board next week.

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  • DC

    Pete, below is the key piece for me:

    It also said the organisation appeared to have “insufficient information” on the factors that cause crime and that there was little evidence of it having an over-arching crime prevention strategy.


  • PB <3 GA

    Pete, any update on big Grissly’s bowel movements today?

  • dunreavynomore

    Some say that ‘big Grissly’ is a bowel movement, personally i don’t care.

  • Driftwood





    Doubt that a PSNI civil servant would be allowed to blog on his 9 to 5 job checking for defective brake lights etc and get away with it.

    Isn’t there a case for a Real PSNI? Or Continuity RUC? To deal with events that happen outside 9-5 (including lunch hours, various tea breaks, driving around the Ards coast etc.) Thought not.

  • K man



    I was an avid reader of Belfast peeler until the blog was shut down and all posts by the author mysteriously removed. The talk among cops was that he was found out and disciplined by the notoriously harsh internal “Professional Standards Department”.

    The 9 to 5 I imagine relates to bosses and support rather than frontline cops, who work a shift rotation system not based on 9 to 5.

    The legacy of the Blair government with regard to Policing is a massive focus on stats, crime recording, stats, stats, pie charts, stats, graphs about graphs and stats. Meaningless garbage.

    The focus has been completely taken away from victims and Joe Public, the most important part of the equation. Unfortunately while the government continues to try and run Policing like it was a business, the slow and arguable backward progress will continue.

    Janus Petranus said in AD 66:
    “We meet every new situation by reorganizing and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization”.