Justice Minister Naomi Long has visited PSNI Public Protection Branch in Belfast and heard how the team works with a range of agencies to protect the public from harm.
Minister Long said: "PSNI Public Protection Branch responds to very serious offences - including violent and sexual offences, and domestic abuse - that can have a traumatic and long lasting impact on their victims. These cases are often complex and challenging. I commend the dedication and determination of PSNI in bringing offenders to justice and ensuring that victims of these crimes are supported and protected.
"Public Protection Branch also works with a number of partners to ensure that offenders are managed safely in the community under the Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (PPANI). This is a collaborative approach to keeping the public safe and I am grateful for the PSNI's work and involvement.
"Public protection is a dynamic issue and we must always be alive to new and emerging risks. I heard today about the work of the Child Internet Protection Team and I commend police efforts to ensure that young people are free from abuse and exploitation online. My Department will continue to support PSNI as it focusses on safeguarding the public from harm."
The Minister also met with public protection representatives of An Garda Siochana during her visit.