PSNI policy provides a vital signpost to all Police Officers and Staff of their contribution to the Chief Constable's vision of Keeping People Safe. PSNI policy also provides reassurance to communities and partners of our commitment to service delivery through accountability, collaboration, fairness, courtesy and respect.
A Corporate Policy Review has been taking place over the past year. A key focus for the Review was to provide effective, practical support to frontline service delivery to inform decisions, problem solve and provide Police Officers and Staff with the space and time to do their job.
Our Policy Documents are therefore changing.
Service Policy documents are replacing what are known as Policy Directives. Service Policy documents are: 'Principles to govern the organisation, reflecting the Chief Constable's vision.'
Service Instruction documents are replacing Service Procedures. Service Instruction documents are, 'Practical instructions for service delivery to inform decision making in line with Service Policy'.
As these documents become available, they will be published on this page.
Armed Policing Policy - 07/10/2021
Officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland shall, so far as is possible, apply nonviolent means before resorting to the use of force including the use of firearms.
Corporate Communications Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to engaging with our communities, in an open and transparent way, to enhance community safety and build public confidence in policing.
Counter Terrorism Policy - 16/05/2022
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to protecting the people of Northern Ireland from terrorist attacks. Threats from terrorism include Northern Ireland Related Terrorism and International Terrorism.
Criminal Justice Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to working collaboratively with key
partners to improve the quality and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice process, reducing delay and supporting victims and witnesses of crime.
Custody Policy - 31/05/2018
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to ensuring that it complies fully with its legal obligations in relation to persons in police custody.
Emergency Planning Policy - 07/09/2021
An emergency is defined as ‘an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare or the environment’. Effective planning for emergencies keeps people safe by preparing for the response to, and recovery from, emergencies in collaboration with partners.
Environmental Management - 19/04/2018
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to protecting the environment whilst delivering continuous environmental improvement.
Finance Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to the highest standards of financial
Health and Safety Policy - 13/12/2021
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) regard health and safety as an integral part of their management function and all of our people, irrespective of grade or rank, are expected to play a full role in securing the objective of this Policy. PSNI and NIPB also acknowledge the important role of the Staff Associations in achieving these aims and will maintain full and effective consultation.
Human Resources Policy - 20/05/2022
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is committed to promoting a good and harmonious environment where all Police Officers and Staff feel that they are consulted, recognised and supported to deliver the highest standard of service to the Public.
Information Management Policy - 25/08/2021
The Police Service of Northern Ireland will meet its responsibilities by managing information which it holds in accordance with our legal and ethical obligations.
Intelligence Management Policy - 31/01/2022
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to the highest standards of intelligence management and recognises its importance in Keeping People Safe.
Investigations Policy - 28/06/2018
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to conducting effective investigations, contributing to how we Keep People Safe.
Organisational Security Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to protecting the personal security of people and the physical security of the Police Estate.
Police Search Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to carrying out searches in accordance with legislation, relevant Codes of Practice, Human Rights considerations, and best practice.
Policing the Roads Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to providing the highest standard of policing on our roads, in order to make them safer; and to detect and deter criminals.
Professional Standards Policy - 16/03/2022
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) understands the need to maintain public trust and confidence in the integrity and impartiality of our Service.
Public Safety and Public Order Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to preventing harm, protecting people anddetecting crime by delivering policing in a lawful, proportionate, justifiable and accountable manner.
Risk Management and Governance Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to the highest standards of Corporate Governance and Risk Management and acknowledges that it has a responsibility to abide by the Principles of Conduct Underpinning Public Life (The Nolan Principles).
Specialist Support to Investigations - 31/03/17
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to preventing harm, protecting people and detecting crime. Specialist Operations Branch will provide professional and effective specialist support, in compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory responsibilities, to achieve this aim. Human Rights considerations will be central to all of our actions and decision making.
Training, Leadership and Development Policy - 10/10/2016
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to providing quality training, education and development for all staff, enabling them to perform their roles effectively
and deliver on the core purpose of Keeping People Safe.
Vulnerability Policy - 10/10/2016
Protecting vulnerable people is a priority for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The Police Service of Northern Ireland defines vulnerability as ‘a term used to describe a person who is in need of special care, support or protection because of age, disability or
risk of abuse or neglect’.
Adult Safeguarding - 29/06/2017
This Service Instruction provides guidance on Adult Safeguarding and how the Police Service of Northern Ireland should respond to Adults at Risk of Harm and Adults in Need of Protection through criminal investigations, safeguarding activity and normal contact.
Animals and Wildlife - 13/03/2020
This Service Instruction provides guidance to officers when dealing with animal and wildlife incidents and the associated offences and welfare issues.
Bail - 07/03/2019
This Service Instruction explains the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s approach to the grant of bail within custody suites. This instruction also outlines the approach to monitoring those persons who have been released on bail, whether by police or a court, with conditions imposed.
CBRNe - 18/01/2022
Terrorist attacks involving the use of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials (CBRN) potentially involving explosives (e) as a means of dissemination are thankfully rare in the United Kingdom.
Charging for Special Police Services - 02/03/2017
The objective of the Service Instruction is to provide a framework for Officers and Staff to determine the level and extent of any charges to be applied upon receipt of a request to provide special police services, including any levels of abatement.
Child Protection - 07/09/2020
This Service Instruction provides the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with clear information on how to safeguard and protect those children and young people that they come into contact with during the course of their duty.
Collision Investigation - 05/05/2022
This Service Instruction to aid consistent and rational decisions about the level of investigation required for each reported collision, including collisions involving police vehicles.
Confidential Information from Members of the Public - 26/07/2021
This Service Instruction seeks to provide instruction on how The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) manages information provided by members of the public and increase public confidence in how information is handled.
Corporate Governance Committee Structure - 02/03/2017
This Service Instruction outlines the governance committee structure in place to ensure a consistent and professional approach to corporate governance within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Covert Surveillance of Legal Consultations - 25/04/2022
Directed surveillance that is carried out in relation to anything taking place on any specified premises at any time during the surveillance, used for the purpose of legal consultations shall be treated for the purposes of Part II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 as intrusive surveillance.
Critical Incident Management and Community Impact Assessments - 02/12/2021
This Instruction relates to the management of Critical Incidents and the completion of a Community Impact Assessment. A Critical Incident can be internal or external to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Data Protection - 24/05/2018
This Service Instruction clearly defines the responsibilities placed on the Police Service of Northern Ireland to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. Adherence to this Service Instruction will assist in meeting the objectives of the overall Information Management Service Policy.
Death Investigation - 31/01/2022
The Police Service of Northern Ireland investigates suspicious and non-suspicious deaths on behalf of the Coroner to enable the Coroner’s decision on the need for a post mortem examination and/or a Coroner’s Inquest. This Service Instruction provides guidance on investigating deaths as an agent of HM Coroner.
DNA Elimination and Fingerprint Databases - 18/01/2019
This Service Instruction provides guidance concerning how the Police Service of Northern Ireland take, use, retain and record Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) samples and profiles from Police Officers deemed at risk of contaminating crime scenes and evidential materials.
Domestic Abuse - 21/03/22
This Service Instruction provides guidance to officers on how the Police Service of Northern Ireland should respond to, report and investigate domestic incidents and details the overarching principles. It is supplemented by guidance produced by the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice on– ‘Major Investigation and Public Protection - Domestic Abuse’
Driving of Police Vehicles - 23/12/2021
This Service Instruction sets out the arrangements for Police and Police Staff driver training, testing, classification, authorisation, appointment and removal.
Fraud Response Plan - 22/02/2017
This instruction outlines the areas of responsibility for managing the risk of fraud and the procedures to be followed in the event of fraud, or attempted fraud, being suspected.
Freedom of Information - 02/10/2019
This Service Instruction clearly defines the responsibilities placed on the Police Service of Northern Ireland to ensure compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Adherence to this Service Instruction will assist in meeting the objectives of the overall SP0816 Information Management Service Policy
Gifts Gratuities and Hospitality - 28/03/2019
This Service Instruction provides police officers and police staff with a framework to determine the boundaries of acceptability regarding the receipt of gifts and hospitality.
Hate Crime - 02/10/2020
This service instruction provides detailed operational guidance as to how the Police Service of Northern Ireland should respond to, report and investigate hate crime incidents, together with overarching principles. The principles make clear that the new procedures will prioritise the perception of the victim and will accept without challenge this perception of the victim throughout the investigation of the hate crime incident.
Health and Safety - 13/12/2021
All employees of the Police Service, both police officers and police staff, and secondees to the police and others to whom the Police Service would appear to be the host employer have a role to play in securing the objectives of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Health and Safety Policy.
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Honour Based Violence And Forced Marriage - 20/12/18
The aim of this Service Instruction is to provide the Police Service of Northern Ireland with clear information on how to respond to and investigate instances of honour based violence and forced marriage.
Individual Performance Review - 23/01/2017
The process for managing individual performance within Police Service Northern Ireland is included in this instruction. It also sets out the role and responsibilities of the Jobholder, Reporting Officer and Countersigning Officer. The purpose for this instruction is to outline the framework which supports and develops all our people to individually contribute to the best of their ability and make every contribution count.
Information Security - 23/02/2017
This Service Instruction clearly defines the Information Assurance responsibilities of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and ensures the organisation meets mandatory obligations.
International Enquiries - 26/02/2018
This Service Instruction gives guidance to investigators in relation to conducting enquiries in the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere outside the United Kingdom.
Interview Records–Non-Terrorist Crime - 31/03/2017
This Service Instruction relates to the completion of an Interview Booklet and interviews when Digital Interview Recording (DIR) is not available for use.
Leaving The Service - 27/04/2021
This Service Instruction has been created to enable consistent practice within the Police Service of Northern Ireland around leaving the service.
Locate - 19/05/2021
The Police Service of Northern Ireland utilises the LOCATE vehicle and driver performance management system which has been fitted to the vast majority of vehicles.
The system provides management information and data on a range of driver and vehicle related subjects including the speeds at which a vehicle has been driven.
Maintaining Professional Boundaries - 03/05/2018
This Service Instruction provides guidance and instruction to all members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as to appropriate boundaries regarding social contact with those they have met in the course of their duties and the accountability mechanisms for the proper conduct of professional relationships.
Major Incidents - 17/11/2017
Consequence Management including the application of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine.
Misconduct Procedures - 22/03/2018
This Service Instruction sets out how misconduct matters involving police officers up to and including Chief Superintendent rank will be dealt with and applies to matters coming to attention on or after 1st June 2016.
National Enquiries - 08/08/2019
This Service Instruction gives guidance in relation to conducting enquiries throughout the United Kingdom.
Off Duty Standards - 28/08/2018
This Service Instruction provides guidance and direction to Police Officers and Staff of the standards of behavior expected relating to off duty conduct and activities.
Official Issue Notebooks Journals and Day Books - 28/01/2021
The purpose of this Service Instruction is to offer guidance to the Police Service of Northern Ireland with respect to the management of notebooks, journals and daybooks.
Overtime - 19/07/2018
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to making the best use of all available resources. There are occasions when the use of overtime is the most effective and efficient way to ensure that the right resources are correctly deployed to target prevailing demand or to address local policing issues.
Personal Security when completing external information - 12/01/2022
Occasions may arise when individuals are requested to disclose their occupation and private address to a variety of government agencies and private organisations when transacting essential business matters that are an integral part of everyday life. Whilst it is often impossible to conceal one's true identity in such transactions, an attempt should be made to reduce the risks involved.
Police Officer Unsatisfactory Performance - 23/02/2017
Unsatisfactory Performance is an inability or failure to perform the duties of the rank or role currently being undertaken, to a satisfactory standard or level.
Police Pursuits - 22/01/2020
This Service Instruction outlines the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) specific guidance in support of that provided in Authorised Professional Practice (APP) Police Pursuits and relevant Codes of Practice.
Police Search - 31/07/2020
This Service Instruction outlines Police Service of Northern Ireland specific search guidance in support of that provided in Authorised Professional Practice Search and relevant Codes of Practice.
Property - 14/02/2019
This Service Instruction provides guidance for Officers and Staff in respect of the seizure, handling, storage and disposal of property.
Public Complaints and the Role of the Police Ombudsman - 19/07/2018
It is the policy of the Police Service to work professionally and productively with PONI in effectively dealing with, and reducing, complaints against the PSNI. By dealing with complaints in a timely and responsive manner we can demonstrate accountability, and inspire confidence in the PSNI.
Records Management - 08/08/2019
The purpose of this service instruction is to deliver a consistent approach to Records Management across the Police Service of Northern Ireland, establish requirements designed to help staff meet legal obligations relating to Records Management and to manage records so that their value as a corporate resource is fully protected,exploited and fully utilised within the applicable legal framework.
Restricted Patrolling and Out of Bounds Areas - 28/06/2018
Areas within Northern Ireland can either be placed Out of Bounds (OOB) or have patrolling restrictions imposed on them, which will apply to police, police staff, police contractors and other agencies.
Risk Management - 23/01/2017
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is focused on good governance. The management of risk is a key method of providing such governance. This instruction outlines how we will engage risk internally and with partners.
Serious Crime Scenes - 07/09/2021
For the Police Service of Northern Ireland the aim of any scene examination is to maximise the recording and recovery of information and physical evidence so that the material recovered becomes an integral part of the investigation.
Service Confidence - 29/11/2018
This Service Instruction outlines protective measures that may be put in place when the Police Service loses confidence in an officer, with a view to managing and reducing risk.
Service Vetting - 11/02/2021
This service instruction outlines the various forms of Vetting which apply to Police Officers and Police Staff, depending upon their role.
Sexual Violence and Abuse - 16/08/2017
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to robust challenge and investigation into Sexual Violence and Abuse in all its forms.
Social Media - 23/02/2017
This Service Instruction helps ensure the use of social media by Police Officers and Police Staff is effective, safe, and appropriate, while enhancing the reputation and the professional integrity of the Police Service. The use of social media is for engagement purposes, environmental scanning, enhancing other operational activity and to support the Chief Constable’s vision.
Stop and Search - 02/09/2021
This Service Instruction outlines Police Service of Northern Ireland specific stop and search guidance, in support of that provided in Authorised Professional Practice stop and the relevant codes of practice.
Substance Misuse - 22/03/2018
The purpose of this Service Instruction is to deter substance misuse by all police officers, student officers, probationer constables, police staff and non-police personnel working on behalf of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, through the introduction of a compulsory drug-testing regime.
Supporting Victims & Witnesses - 29/05/2018
This Service Instruction is relevant to all officers who have contact with victims or witnesses during the course of their duties.
Threats to Life - 20/01/22
This Service Instruction and its associated appendices provide the Police Service of Northern Ireland with a standardised and structured framework upon which to record, assess, manage and resolve matters that involve threats to life, either direct or indirect.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems - 07/12/2021
This Service Instruction provides information on the Governance, Use and Accountability of Unmanned Aircraft Systems within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Wanted Persons - 12/04/2018
This Service Instruction explains the Police Service of Northern Irelands’ approach to locating persons wanted by police at all stages of the criminal justice process.
Wellbeing Hubs - 16/09/2021
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has developed an integrated approach to the wellbeing care and support of officers deployed at pre-planned large scale public order operations.
Whistleblowing - 03/05/2018
This Service Instruction provides guidance to the Police Service of Northern Ireland employees and contractors in relation to the process of raising concerns of wrongdoing and outlines how such reports will be dealt with.
Youth Justice - 27/09/2018
This Service Instruction will provide guidance for officers when dealing with young people suspected of committing offences.
Service Procedure 8-09 - Sick Pay Provisions for Police Officers
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Service Procedure 4-14 - Alcohol Misuse
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PD 13/06 Policing with Children and Young People
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Click below to view the Police Service of Northern Ireland Manual of Policy, Procedure and Guidance on Conflict Management.