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Frank ‘Bap’ McGreevy - PSNI is not up to the job

20 March, 2008


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA speaking about the murder of Frank 'Bap' McGreevy has said that 'the PSNI is not up to the job at this time of providing the civic policing service that the public demands and needs'.

Mr Adams said:

"I want to begin by extending my deepest sympathy and condolence to Frank 'Bap' McGreevy's family. I knew Bap well. I was in prison with him and only last Tuesday he and I walked up Sevastopol street together.

"His murder has come as a dreadful shock to everyone - especially those who knew him.

"There are also significant similarities between the vents surrounding his killing and that of Harry Holland - including the fact that information was provided to the PSNI before the murder and then following the murder which the PSNI failed to act on.

"The fact is that the PSNI is not up to the job at this time of providing the civic policing service that the public demands and needs.

"While I accept that there are many within the PSNI who want to provide a proper civic policing service, the reality at this time is that the PSNI is failing to deliver; it is failing to deliver on call out times, on responding to information from the public, in its investigations of anti-social and organised crime.

"So, a lot of work has to be done to make it a fit for purpose policing service.

"In the Upper Springfield area much good work has been done through the Upper Springfield Safer Neighbourhood Forum to develop new strategies, and a new relationship between the local community and the PSNI and other criminal justice agencies, which has made an important difference.

"We need to see that approach replicated in the lower Falls and in other areas.

"Sinn Fein representatives are at this moment involved in a meeting with the Upper Springfield Safer Neighbourhood Forum, including all of the criminal justice and statutory agencies and we are pushing for this to happen as a priority." ENDS

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