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Police Complaints Commissioner Re-appointed 7 June 2006

The Department of Home Affairs is pleased to announce that, after consultation with the Department, His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor has re-appointed Mrs Rosemary Penn to serve as the Island’s Police Complaints Commissioner.

The re-appointment is for a period of 3 years, which commenced on 1st June 2006 after the end of the current term. The appointment will end on 31 May 2009.

The role of the Commissioner is to supervise the investigation by a senior police officer of any complaint of a serious nature against a member of the Isle of Man Constabulary and, where it appears to the Commissioner to be desirable in the public interest to do so, to supervise the investigation of any other formal complaint against a member of the Isle of Man Constabulary.

Hon. J P Shimmin MHK, Minister for Home Affairs, said that he was delighted that Mrs Penn had agreed to extend her term in office

“Mrs Penn is a committed and able person to undertake the role of Police Complaints Commissioner and has fulfilled her role as Commissioner for the past three years with integrity and impartiality”.


  • Mrs Penn was born in Douglas and is daughter of the former High Bailiff and Deemster, Ramsey Gelling Johnson.
  • Mrs Penn served on the Police Committee from 1986 to 1991 and was instrumental in writing the report which led to the appointment of a Police Complaints Commissioner.
  • Mrs Penn was appointed to the English Bar in 1963 and served as a magistrate in the Isle of Man from 1985.
  • Mrs Penn has been a Member of the Financial Supervision Commission since 1993 and has fulfilled the role of Deputy Chairman since September 2002.
  • Mrs Penn was first appointed to the role of Police Complaints Commissioner from 1st June 2003.

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