Speaking following meetings with senior PSNI officers after flags were put up in the Ballynafeigh area of the Ormeau Road, the South Belfast MLA said;
"This is an important milestone and comes after meetings with the PSNI and others in the wider local community.
"I met with the PSNI's senior leadership team in south and east Belfast. This followed an incident where police officers stood by and watched as flags were put up.
I told them that I did not want to see a repeat of what happened.
"I want to see all traditions respected in a way that does not cause offence to anyone in the community.
"This announcement from the PSNI is to be welcomed and I will continue to meet with them to see how we can take this initiative forward."