Al Hutchinson

Al Hutchinson is a former RCMP Assistant Commissioner, who served as the Police Oversight Commissioner in Northern Ireland, who in November 2007 became the second Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

A graduate of Carleton University and Queen's University, Belfast, Hutchinson served in the Office of the Oversight Commissioner, Tom Constantine, who was charged with overseeing the Patten Reforms of the RUC, from 2001 until Constantine's retirement. In January 2004 until the completion of the Oversight in May 2007 Hutchinson served as Oversight Commissioner.

On June 26, 2007 Hutchinson was announced as the successor to Nuala O'Loan as Police Ombudsman, and took up the office on 6 November 2007.

In June 2011 his performance was criticized by the Committee on the Administration for Justice.[1] In September 2011 Mr Hutchinson was criticised in a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate. The report branded the organisation's management "dysfunctional", uncovered a major split in its staff, and found that Ombudsman Al Hutchinson had lost the trust of senior colleagues. It recommended that the ombudsman’s office should be suspended from investigating historic murders because of a "lowering of independence" in the office.[2] He resigned in January 2012.

In 2012, the Belfast High Court quashed the Ombudsman report's findings on the Loughinisland massacre. Hutchinson was replaced by Michael Maguire, who ordered a new inquiry into the massacre.[3]

See also

Northern Ireland Office


  1. Henry, Lesley-Anne (17 June 2011). "Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson saddled with criticism". News. Belfast. Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. Clarke, Liam (5 September 2011). "Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson: I may step down from post". News. Belfast. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  3. "Legal move in Loughinisland court case". BBC News. 20 February 2012.

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