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Monday, 18 March, 2002, 20:45 GMT
Increase in policing complaints
New Ombudsman is scrutinising NI policing
The Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland is receiving more complaints about policing from members of the Protestant community than from Catholics.

Over the past 16 months 55% of complaints came from the Protestant community with 40% from the Catholic community.

The remaining 5% were from people who do not identify themselves as either Protestant or Catholic.

The Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan said she believed the figures reflect a growing confidence in her office.

Nuala O'Loan
Nuala O'Loan: "People know they will be treated fairly"

"Over the past year I have spent a lot of time in different areas, Rathcoole Tiger's Bay, White City Glenbryn," she said.

"I have been up in all these places where there are difficulties, community difficulties and policing difficulties.

"The office has been available to people and people have known that they can come directly to us.

"Those are the kind of things that enable people and make them realise that they can really come and complain and they will be treated fairly and they will be treated impartially."

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