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It May have come to some members attention that an article was published recently in the Sunday life newspaper, reporting on the results of the enquiry into Mr Robert Crawford and his association with our former employee Miss Elaine Hampton.

It was established during the hearing that both Mr Crawford and Miss Hampton where in a relationship which was a clear conflict of interest because of her position as an employee and his position on the Board of Directors. They also found that they had both lied to the Tribunal about this relationship.

There was clear evidence of mismanagement on Mr Crawfords part within the DPOANI, in relation to Miss Hampton. Mr Crawford also failed to explain to the the Tribunal how his signature was forged on a successful application to the Police Fund for £5000, which had already been obtained from another source and that this money was to pay Miss Hampton’s salary.

In it’s findings the Tribunal found that the removal of Mr Crawford as a Trustee of the DPOANI was necessary to protect the property of the charity. That the situation at the DPOANI was concerning but that this was not entirely due to Mr Crawford alone even though he did play a significant role.

The current Board of Directors are pleased with the result of these findings and feel that the actions taken by certain members of the current Board to contact the Charity Commission where justified.

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The Disabled Police Officers Association was formed in 1983, the objective being to promote the relief and benefit of the members of the DPOANI, who had received personal injury whether physical or mental whilst serving in the RUC, RUCR, or PSNI by the provision of rehabilitation with the object of preserving and protecting the health of and improving the conditions of it’s members.

The criteria to become a member was that a member must have received a permanent serious injury whilst on duty. The injury must be assessed  by the Force Medical Officer to a degree of not less than 35% or 20% by the Industrial Injuries Board of the Social Services.

Because of Charity registration purposes our membership criteria has had to change to meet current regulations. On the 28th October 2015 an EGM was held at the Silverbirch Hotel Omagh, at which amendments to the article of association where passed, by a majority of those attending.

Membership of the DPOANI is now open to any Officer who suffers from an illness whether physical or mental and does not have to be as a result of an injury on duty. It is hoped that we can attract new members and welcome back those members who had to leave the association while we where in the process of working with the statutory bodies, who helped us with our restructuring.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, should apply to the office for a membership form. As well as your Police details we will need either your injury on duty confirmation, Industrial Injuries Board details or a letter from your Doctor confirming your illness. Although the office is not manned full-time, you can leave your details on our answer phone, email us or write in and someone from the Board of Directors will be in touch.

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In a recent article in the Belfast Telegraph it was alledged that the DPOANI had illegally obtained the personal  emails and text messages of certain individuals. Any texts and messages obtained by the charity where as a result of having to employ a computer company, to access DPOANI computers and mobile. required to allow us to carry out the day to day running of office.

Both the PSNI and Charity Commisson have confirmed that this was done legally. At no point was anything obtained shared with anyone who was not legally entitiled to view the information.

The Board of Directors can confirm that no members detailes have been divuldged as stated in this artcle.

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