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PSNI must be ‘beyond reproach’

19 June, 2008


Foyle Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Martina Anderson said that the since Sinn Fein joined the Policing Board there is now a much greater focus on ensuring police officers who break the law are dealt with properly.

Since Sinn Féin joined the Policing Board 18 officers have been sacked or dismissed for breaking the law or breaching police discipline.

Ms Anderson said:

"The Policing Board is examining all of these cases to establish the nature of these activities and what sanctions, if any, have been imposed on PSNI members who have broken the law or breached police discipline.

"The message must go out that this type of activity carried out by police officers will not be tolerated.

"Some of these cases involve serious charges of child abuse, possession of child pornography, perverting the course of justice, drink driving, fraud and perjury. Others have been the subject of criminal judicial proceedings and investigation by the office of the Ombudsman. I am also seeking reports from both the PPS and Ombudsman on a number of cases which have given rise to serious concerns.

"Since Sinn Féin joined the Policing Board there has been a much greater focus on ensuring that police officers who break the law are dealt with properly.

"The PSNI must put itself beyond reproach if it is to win public confidence and the Policing Board must not be found wanting in dealing with these difficult matters on behalf of the public and indeed those police officers who wish only to provide a first class police service." ENDS

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