PSNI Chief Matt Baggott offered his apologies to the family of Pat Finucane for the role the police played in his "brutal" murder. He said:
"The report findings are unequivocal and we accept them fully. It is clear that the murder of Mr Finucane should never have happened."
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) replaced the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 2000.
The family of Pat Finucane labelled today's review into his murder is a 'whitewash' despite 'shocking' levels of state collusion revealed.
A government-commissioned report found state agents were involved in the murder of Pat Finucane - but his widow dismissed it as a "sham".
The review into the death of a Catholic solicitor during the Troubles is expected to show state collusion with loyalist terrorists.