Interim statutory inquiry report: Disabled Police Officers’ Association Northern Ireland
A statutory inquiry into the Disabled Police Officers’ Association Northern Ireland (DPOANI) has concluded this week, with the publication of an interim inquiry report by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
The Commission, Northern Ireland’s charity regulator, opened a statutory inquiry into the governance and financial control of the Belfast based charity on 14 February 2014.
Having worked with the charity over the past two years to resolve the issues raised, the Commission is now satisfied that DPOANI has been restored to full, good governance and, as a result, has closed its inquiry.
Myles McKeown, Head of Compliance and Enquiries at the Commission, commented: “It is now over five years since the Commission first gained powers to investigate allegations of mismanagement and misconduct in Northern Ireland charities, as well as act to protect charities from harm.
“As our actions in this case, and our other inquiries, have demonstrated, we are committed to ensuring the people of Northern Ireland have a charity sector in which they can continue to have trust and confidence.
“That means where we have identified a serious risk to a charity, we will not hesitate to fully investigate the allegations made and take the action necessary to protect the charity and its beneficiaries.”
The publication of the interim report on 7 March 2016 marks the closure of the Commission’s statutory inquiry into the DPOANI.
The Commission has taken the unusual measure of publishing an interim report in this case to indicate to the public that the statutory inquiry has closed and good governance has been restored to the charity.
Following the conclusion of some ongoing litigation matters, the Commission expects to publish a further, more detailed inquiry report.
This report will provide a full background to the inquiry, including the Commission’s investigatory actions, findings and measures taken to support the charity in restoring good governance.
The Commission will not be providing further comment on the inquiry while litigation is ongoing.
For further information on the litigation matters as they are determined, please refer to appropriate sections of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service website www.courtsni.gov.uk, including the decisions page of the Charity Tribunal for Northern Ireland.
To read or download a copy of the Commission’s statutory inquiry reports, including the interim DPOANI report, please click here.
For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland, established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.
The Commission has statutory objectives to ensure trustees comply with their legal obligations in managing charities, and to increase public trust and confidence in charities.
This includes a statutory function to identify and investigate apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and to take remedial or protective action.