HMICFRS inspection

Date published: 02 April 2021

Following a request from the Northern Ireland Policing Board, the Justice Minister has asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to undertake a thematic inspection into the PSNI handling of the funeral of Mr Bobby Storey.

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The inspection will:

-       assess whether the approach taken by the PSNI to the events surrounding the funeral of Mr Bobby Storey was within the parameters of national policing standards, in the context of COVID-19 health protection regulations; and

-       offer relevant learning to assist in policing of COVID restrictions through the ‘four Es’ approach in coming months.

HMICFRS has been asked to complete the inspection by no later than 14 May.



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