A new report from Northern Ireland's Policing Board has praised the PSNI, saying it had outperformed all other UK police forces in its efforts to comply with human rights demands.
However, in its first assessment of the force's performance, the board said its legal advisers stressed the need to maintain an ongoing awareness of human rights issues.
The report's authors were lawyers Keir Starmer QC and Jane Gordon. They were given unrestricted access to officers and police documentation, and attended events and incidents as they happened.
As well as officers' adherence to an internal Code of Ethics, other areas examined included public order situations, use of force, covert policing, victims' rights, the treatment of suspects and human rights awareness among officers.
Policing Board Chairman, Sir Desmond Rea, said the report was the first of its kind in UK policing.
He added that it would be used as a benchmark for moving forward the human rights agenda.