Competition launched for independent members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board

Date published: 21 July 2022

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a recruitment competition to appoint six independent members to the Northern Ireland Policing Board: three members will be appointed from 1 December 2022; and three members from 1 April 2023. The terms are for four years.

The Northern Ireland Policing Board, which includes ten political members and nine independent members, is responsible for ensuring the provision of an effective, efficient, impartial and accountable police service in Northern Ireland, and for holding the Chief Constable to account for the exercise of his functions and those of the police.

Board members will be required to commit to a minimum of four days per month to Policing Board business and be required to perform a representative role on behalf of the Board at a variety of events.  Remuneration is £15k per annum. 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Thursday, 18 August 2022.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Candidate information packs and applications forms are available at: Competition for NIPB Independent Members | Department of Justice (
  2. Copies are also available as follows:
    Telephone: 028 905 28118 or 028 905 26496
    By writing to:           NIPB Independent Members 2022
                                        Department of Justice
                                        Policing Policy and Strategy Division
                                        Room A4.15
                                        Block A, Castle Buildings
                                        Stormont Estate
                                        BELFAST, BT4 3SG
  3. Three of the successful post holders will be expected to commence their terms on 1 December 2022; and three on 1 April 2023.
  4. The time commitment required is a minimum of four days per month including evenings and weekends as required.  The remuneration is £15k per annum.  Travel and incidental expenses will be reimbursed for costs necessarily incurred on Policing Board business.
  5. The Northern Ireland Policing Board takes its powers from the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 as amended by the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003 and has 19 members in total: 10 political; and 9 independent members, including a Chair and a Vice Chair appointed by the Board from among the independent members.
  6. More information can be found on the Policing Board website:   and   
  7. The procedure for these appointments is compliant with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland Code of Practice.  The appointments are made by the Minister of Justice under Part III of Schedule I to the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000.
  8. For media enquiries contact the Department of Justice Press Office at
  9. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted out of hours on 028 9037 8110.

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