Concerns over policing plan lacking clear target levels

A Policing Board meeting

A Policing Board meeting

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A performance plan published by the Northern Ireland Policing Board lacks sufficient clarity on how improvements in policing can be measured, according to an inspection report.

Although the Board has pledged that the targets included in its 2014-15 policing plan will be “specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based”, the Comptroller and Auditor General Kieran Donnelly said that, as with last September’s audit report on the 2012-2013 plan, unusually he would “qualify” his opinion on the 2013-2014 plan.

The concerns, contained in the ‘Continuous Improvement Arrangements in Policing’ report, centre on the absence of clear target levels and the possibility that this could lead to diminished scrutiny “and thereby accountability” also.