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Republicans are entitled to seats on Policing Partnerships

27 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey MLA has said that republicans are as entitled as anyone else to be appointed as independent members of the local District Policing Partnerships.

Mr Maskey said:

"The Policing Board is due to announce the details of the independent members appointed to the DPP's next week on the 1st of April. Theses appointments are a matter for the Policing Board.

"All candidates were approved by their local councils. There was a rigorous appointments process based on merit and representativeness carried out by the councils and the Policing Board. All candidates were appointed by the Policing Board after meeting the criteria laid down. Appointments were made that reflected the composition of the local council areas in a number of ways including community background, achieving a balance of men and women and age.

"Republicans are as entitled as anyone else to be appointed as independent members of the local District Policing Partnerships. The DPP's will be more representative now than at any other time in the past. This is a development that people should welcome." ENDS

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