Legacy Investigation Branch (LIB)
Legacy Investigation Branch (LIB) is headed by Detective Chief Superintendent Rowan Moore. LIB was formed in January 2015 as a component part of the Chief Constable’s response to his statutory responsibilities regarding the past. Its formation, encompassing the work of several different units, ensured that the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) would continue to meet its obligations arising from a number of statutory requirements, including Section 32 Police (NI) Act 2000, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
Legacy Investigation Branch (LIB) is an investigative branch within the Police Service of Northern (PSNI). Sitting independently of Crime Operations Department, LIB’s role is primarily to investigate homicide and security forces related deaths arising from the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ between 1969 and 2004. LIB are also responsible for unsolved ‘non-troubles’ related deaths between 1969 and 2004. At the same time we recognise that the needs of victim’s families go beyond criminal investigations.
LIB actively engages directly with families and their representatives to provide them with as much information as we can and co-operates with other statutory bodies, such as coronial inquests, to provide them with contemporarily generated materials to support their work.
We recognise the need and are committed to supporting efforts to establish new institutions better equipped to address the legacy of the past. Over the course of the next year, subject to agreement on progressing the institutions described in the Stormont House Agreement, we will work with partners to ensure the transition period for institutions will be as short as possible.
We will strive to bring offenders to justice and work with families who have lost loved ones, their advocates, stakeholders and partners, to provide the best possible service and continue to make Northern Ireland safer, more confident and peaceful.
To be transparent and accountable, consistently demonstrating our impartiality, integrity and sensitivity, through our behaviours and actions that we care, we listen, we act.
Branch Leadership Commitment
To create and maintain an environment where officers and staff are supported and enabled to deliver to the best of their ability for the community they serve and where their effort is recognised and rewarded.
Key Reference material.
Legacy Investigation Branch have undertaken a review of our internal guidance and policy material and as a result, we have disseminated the following documents to key external stakeholders and are actively seeking feedback on their content (see downloads section). These will be living documents which will evolve and once finalised, will be reviewed annually. Should you wish to provide feedback, please do so by Friday 22.05.20 via the following email address: zLIBEnquiries@psni.pnn.police.uk. Should you wish to contact us direct and discuss any of the elements of the documents, we would also welcome that.
1. The family engagement strategy (draft):
This Strategy sets out our expectations of officers in terms of family engagement. We will engage at the earliest opportunity to explain who we are and what we do, recognising that no two families or their needs are the same. We will in each individual case agree how a family want to be engaged with through the review/investigation process and crucially explore any concerns they may have in respect of conflicts of interest.
2. LIB Family Guidance document (draft):
This document is a public facing document designed to help families understand who LIB are and what we do.
3. Conflict of interest policy (draft):
We have always had a conflict of interest policy but as part of an ongoing internal review process, we have produced this updated version, the emphasis of which centres on the views and needs of families. Through this document we will demonstrate that we care about family’s views and needs, we will listen to and understand them and we will take reasonable steps to address them.
4. Case Sequencing Model (CSM) Policy
The Case Sequencing Model (CSM) explains how LIB sequence their caseload.
Letter:Legacy Investigation Branch
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