The Police Authority for Northern Ireland (PANI)

  • Ian Oliver


The constitution of the Police Authority was laid down in Schedule 1 of the Police Act (Northern Ireland) 1970, as follows:

The Authority consists of a chairman who is paid such remuneration and other allowances (including allowances by way of superannuation) as the Secretary of State, with the approval of the Treasury, may determine; and a vice-chairman and no fewer than fourteen nor more than twenty members appointed by the Secretary of State, who may be paid such allowances as he may determine, again with the approval of the Treasury. The powers of appointment must be exercised by the Secretary of State so as to secure, as far as practicable, membership of the Police Authority that is representative of the community in Northern Ireland; and as far as practicable, members appointed must include persons representative of the interests of:

  1. (i)

    local authorities and other public bodies (including universities and other institutions of higher education);

  2. (ii)

    the legal profession;

  3. (iii)

    trade unions;

  4. (iv)

    agriculture, industry and commerce;

  5. (v)

    voluntary organisations having as their principal object, or one of their principal objects, the welfare of children or young persons; and a person appointed to represent the Secretary of State.



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© Ian Oliver 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Oliver
    • 1
  1. 1.Grampian PoliceUK

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