George Hamilton, Northern Ireland's Chief Constable questioned

20 October 2017

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee questions Northern Ireland's Chief Constable, George Hamilton.  

Purpose of the session

The session will provide an opportunity to examine how the absence of devolved government in Northern Ireland is affecting one of its most vital public bodies. The Committee questions the Chief Constable on his ability to carry out day-to-day operations and plan for the long-term has been affected. The failure to form an Executive also raises questions about established lines of accountability. The Northern Ireland Policing Board has not met since the collapse of the Executive in February.

Contingency planning

The need for long-term planning comes at a crucial time, with competing Brexit scenarios creating a range of outcomes for Northern Ireland, most notably concerning the border. The Committee will investigate what contingency plans PSNI have made, including how they plan to combat organised crime and smuggling. They will also examine the importance of cross-border co-operation on security, and the maintenance of UK access to the European Arrest Warrant..

Legacy issues

The Committee will also seek an update on key legacy issues including the funding and capacity to carry out investigations.


Wednesday 25 October 2017, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30 am

  • George Hamilton QPM, Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • Stephen Martin, Assistant Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland 

Further information

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