Police Service of Northern Ireland
The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s purpose is to make Northern Ireland safer for everyone through professional, progressive policing. This goal is being achieved through policing with the community. This proactive, community-driven approach sees the police and local community working together to identify and solve problems.
More information at: www.psni.police.uk
Office of the First and Deputy First Minister
The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) is a fully functioning department of the Northern Ireland administration with a wide range of responsibilities. The strategic objectives of the department include: supporting Ministers and the institutions of government; building a programme for government and modernising government programme; promoting better community relations, a culture of equality and rights and targeting social need and promoting social inclusion.
More information: www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is an independent public body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The Equality Commission has the vision of Northern Ireland as a shared, integrated and inclusive place, a society where difference is respected and valued, based on equality and fairness for the entire community. The Equality Commission mission is to advance equality, promote equality of opportunity, encourage good relations and challenge discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement.
More information: www.equalityni.org
Community Relations Council
The Community Relations Council was formed in January 1990 as an independent company and registered charity. It originated in 1986 as a proposal of a research report commissioned by the NI Standing Advisory Committee on Human Rights. The Community Relations Council was set up to promote better community relations between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and, equally, to promote recognition of cultural diversity. Its strategic aim is to promote a peaceful and fair society based on reconciliation and mutual trust.
More information: www.community-relations.org.uk
Department of Justice
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a new Northern Ireland Department which came into existence on 12 April 2010 and was established by the Department of Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2010. It has a range of devolved policing and justice functions, set out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Devolution of Policing and Justice Functions) Order 2010.
The role of the Department is to support the Minister of Justice, David Ford MLA to help keep the people of Northern Ireland safe.
In addition to its statutory functions, the department provides resources and a legislative framework for its agencies and arms length bodies (which together constitute most of the justice system in Northern Ireland). Together with these organisations the department is responsible for ensuring there is a fair and effective justice system in Northern Ireland and for increasing public confidence in that system.
More information: www.dojni.gov.uk