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An investigation of the interface between the office of the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland and local forensic physicians

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Cathcart, Mark E. H., McGrath, Patrick, Goodall, Edward and Moore, Tara (2008) An investigation of the interface between the office of the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland and local forensic physicians. MEDICINE SCIENCE AND THE LAW, 48 (2). pp. 117-123. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The interface between forensic physicians and the police ombudsman of Northern Ireland is an area where there is little published research. In particular there has been no attempt to inquire into the role of forensic physicians in the procedures employed to investigate alleged police maltreatment of prisoners at the time of arrest or later in the custodial setting. A questionnaire was distributed to all forensic physicians in Northern Ireland to assess their level of engagement with the ombudsman's office and shed light on the attitudes of forensic physicians to the police ombudsman's handling of the complaints procedure. The results published represent the opinion of the majority of forensic physicians in Northern Ireland and show a broadly supportive attitude to the role of the police ombudsman in the investigation of alleged police officer misconduct. However, a majority of forensic physicians felt that their involvement in the investigative process was an under-used resource.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Vision
ID Code:3471
Deposited By:Professor Tara Moore
Deposited On:18 Dec 2009 14:45
Last Modified:16 Jan 2013 11:45

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