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Drink driving leniency granted to PSNI officer unacceptable and unsatisfactory - Maskey MLA

10 January, 2008


South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said the leniency granted by the PSNI to a serving police officer who was convicted of drink driving is both unacceptable and unsatisfactory.

Mr Maskey said,

"The news that a serving police officer shall return to work today after being convicted of drink driving is both unacceptable and unsatisfactory.

"Given that the person in question was actually involved in a anti-drink driving advertising campaign herself, and the carnage on our roads due to drink driving continues, makes this development astounding.

"In other jobs this person would have lost her job. The PSNI have not been consistent at all in their disciplinary procedures.

"It did not take a warning by senior PSNI members that drink driving is wrong to alert the public to the seriousness of this issue.

"I am now calling for a meeting with the Police Ombudsman to ensure every PSNI officer is accountable and there is consistency in their approach in the future." Críoch

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