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Policing Plan has Sinn Féin ‘fingerprints’ all over it

4 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson and Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said that the first Policing Plan agreed between the Board and the PSNI with Sinn Fein input includes a number of important developments and additions as a direct result of Sinn Féin's engagement.

Mr Maskey said:

"This is the first Policing Plan that has benefited from the direct engagement of Sinn Féin. A number additional categories and targets have now been introduced to the Policing Plan as a result of our engagement in the negotiations between the Board and the PSNI, including:

  • Domestic violence,
  • Serious crime,
  • Neighbourhood policing structures,
  • Neighbourhood police officers - retention in post,
  • Community engagement structures, and
  • Clearance rates.

"We made a number of recommendations to the board to improve the process involved in reaching agreement between the Policing Board, the DPPs and the PSNI.

"Despite the acknowledged problems regarding some current clearance rates Sinn Féin argued that the 3% improvement rate in the draft plan was too low. We have now secured a higher target rate of 5%. This is the highest rate for clearance rates ever set by the Policing Board and should be seen as significant in itself as it reflects the strength of argument put by Sinn Féin and supported by others.

"The task now will be to deliver on all the targets, to work to increase the clearance rates across all categories, to identify new categories which need included in the next plan and crucially to translate this into a work programme at DPP level." ENDS

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