A request has been made by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for mutual aid to be provided to support Policing of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne on 17/18 June 2013. This Policing support will be provided in accordance with Section 98 of the Police Act 1996. Due to the extent of the support required, Officers from the Forces in Enalgnd, Wales and Scotland will provide support across a range of Policing Disciplines.
An agreement under Section 60 Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 must be signed by each Police and Crime Commissioner for Forces that contribute Officers. This agreement is required simply to authorise the Ombudsman of northern Ireland to undertake investigations into any complaints made against mutual aid Officers whilst serving in Northern Ireland. Due to the difference in legislation between Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, a Section 60 agreement is necessary as the Officers will not be subject to their usual statutory Complaints and Conduct
Regulations once in Northern Ireland. The legislation was specifically enacted for this purpose. The current intention is for any such investigations to be conducted by the Ombudsman and then passed back to the home Force for any Misconduct proceedings to be implemented.
In order to allow for investigation for such complaints, the Ombudsman is required to enter into an agreement with each Policing Body.
Any costs incurred by the provision of mutual aid will be refunded in full.