Derry PSNI video to be discussed

Last week’s controversial incident where two PSNI officers left an incapacitated woman laying on a busy city centre road will be discussed at a Policing Board conference in Belfast today.

The two day conference, ‘Confidence in Policing’ will hear from a range of academics, human rights advocates and senior PSNI figures.

The Policing Board’s annual human rights report will also be launched at the conference, which will be held in Belfast.

The 2014-17 Annual Action Plan will also be unveiled during the two day event.

Among the issues discussed at the conference will be the role of the political representatives, community leaders, the media and human rights issues on confidence in policing.

The controversy sparked by the emergence last week of mobile phone footage of two PSNI officers lifting an incapacitated woman off the road at Foyle Road and laying her just yards away at a bus stop before driving off.

The officers were criticised for leaving the woman on the roadway and several prominent politicians from both the SDLP and Sinn Féin said the incident had damaged public confidence in the PSNI.

The PSNI later said the officers involved would be redirected to duties where they would not be dealing with the public while an investigation into the incident is carried out.

The Police Ombudsman’s office said investigators had been appointed.

Contributors to the conference include Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin and Garda Commissioner Carmel Foley.