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PSNI have ‘long way to go’ in gaining community confidence in battle against drugs

5 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson, Alex Maskey has said that recent events like the tragic death of Dean Clarke highlight huge concerns within our communities at the PSNI response to drugs.

Mr Maskey said:

"We hear again and again from local communities that these drug dealers and petty criminals in our communities are well known. Yet, these same people seem to be able to get away with their criminal behaviour with impunity. They appear to be above the law.

"The PSNI have a long way to go in order to give confidence to these communities that they have a strategy to take these drug dealers off our streets. Using low level criminals to catch 'Mr Big' and stop the supply of drugs coming into our communities is clearly not working. It is a failed 'strategy'.

"I will be meeting with senior PSNI officers and raising this issue at the Policing Board. We need to ensure that our communities get the policing they deserve and that means having a strategy in place that takes the drugs off the streets and ends the immunity from prosecution for criminals." ENDS

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