Two of the people who helped shape the “new beginning” to policing in Northern Ireland are among the key speakers at a Belfast conference starting today.
Patten commissioners Maurice Hayes and Kathleen O’Toole are guests of the Committee on the Administration of Justice.
The conference they have organised will take a “10 years on” look at policing and what has been achieved since that Patten report a decade ago, which recommended sweeping reforms.
On day one of the Belfast conference there will be two panel discussions on the role of the Policing Board and the issue of police accountability, and a look at the district partnerships asking the question about their effectiveness in achieving an engagement between community and police.
Senior PSNI officers, members of the Policing Board and partnerships and politicians are due to take part in the conference.