Satisfaction with the HET: Relatives' Views

31 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2014 Last revised: 8 Aug 2014

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Bill Rolston

University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: August 7, 2014


In its critical report on the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) still noted ‘high levels of satisfaction with the performance of the HET team’ based on a number of previous surveys. It also concluded on the basis of its own research that ‘some families were extremely satisfied with their engagement with the HET process and others less so’.

This research reports on interviews with 82 people who had engaged with the HET. It found that: 12% of those interviewed were unequivocally glad that they had engaged with the HET and 41% said they were definitely not glad that they had done so.

In contrast to HMIC’s conclusion that there was ‘an almost universal desire for it [HET] to be retained so long as improvements were made to the way it works’ this research found that an overwhelming number - 74% - of interviewees were of the view that HET should be disbanded.

Keywords: Historical Enquiries Team

Suggested Citation

Rolston, Bill, Satisfaction with the HET: Relatives' Views (August 7, 2014). Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 14-06. Available at SSRN: or

Bill Rolston (Contact Author)

University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Shore Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 OQB
Northern Ireland

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