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About Us

The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s purpose is to make Northern Ireland safer for everyone through professional, progressive policing.  We achieve this goal through policing with the community.  This  proactive, community-driven approach sees the police and local community working together to identify and solve problems.

Our Purpose

To work with communities and partners to make Northern Ireland safe, confident and peaceful.

Our Ambition

To be the finest, personal, professional and protective police service in the world.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Personal, impartial and accountable police officers and staff, present and influential in the heart of all communities, in the right numbers to make a difference.

  • Responsible, flexible, 24/7 service; tailor made to the unique needs of the person or place, with a reputation for promise keeping and professionalism.

  • Resources and time focussed upon genuine operational delivery. Ensuring we have the right people in the right place to prevent harm, protect from danger and inspire confidence.

  • Challenging the status quo, keeping red tape to a minimum, always at the forefront of value for money and effective practise.

  • Partnership at the heart of our outlook and actions, sharing expertise, information and responsibility. Open and transparent in line with overriding Human Rights or legal obligations

Our Commitments

We have designed some clear policing commitments. They are a set of promises based on simple principles of good policing. They put communities and victims first. They build on what we already do at our best and what we’re determined to do more consistently.

We make these commitments to everyone in Northern Ireland. We are here to serve every individual, every family and every community - irrespective of religion, politics, cultural identity, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Our commitments are important because they will help you and others to know what to expect and what to judge us against. They will also allow us to measure our own progress.

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Our work is overseen through a system of accountability structures including the Police Ombudsman for Northern Irelandexternal link opens new window and the Northern Ireland Policing Boardexternal link opens new window.