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Current policing arrangements not supported by majority of nationalists

30 September, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Policing and Justice, North Belfast representative Gerry Kelly, today said that the Policing Board report claiming that Catholic recruitment is low due to intimidation is a smokescreen to disguise the fact that current policing arrangements are not supported by the majority of nationalists.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"Today's announcement from the Policing Board claiming that low Catholic recruitment to the PSNI is the result of fear of intimidation is simply a smokescreen to explain the reluctance of Catholics and nationalists to be part of inadequate policing requirements.

"This is clear from the Policing Boards own statistics which claims that Catholic support for the PSNI has risen by only 2.9% from 8.9% to 11.7%. This illustrates the real reason for low Catholic recruitment.

"We need to achieve full democratic accountability in policing and critically the transfer of Policing and Justice powers from securocrats in London to a locally elected Assembly" ENDS

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