Moyle Councillor Oliver McMullan elected Chair of local District Policing Partnership
Sinn Féin Moyle Councillor Oliver McMullan was elected as Chairperson of the local District Policing Partnership at a meeting on Monday 23rd June, 2008, effective from December.
On the occasion of his appointment, Cllr. McMullan said;
"Sinn Féin has a strategy for critical engagement with the policing and justice system to bring about the new beginning envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement. This includes critical engagement through local institutions.
"Sinn Féin are serious about their commitment to achieving an accountable and acceptable policing service, far removed from that once known in Moyle, of sectarian and partisan heavy handedness.
"Working with all sections of the community, equally, is core to any civic policing service and by taking up positions within DPPs, and working with the local community and criminal justice agencies, including the PSNI, Sinn Féin will ensure that all residents can live together in peace and safety, free from threat, intimidation and violence. Many feel that the PSNI have neither the commitment nor willingness to deal with growing anti social violence and criminality in this area.
"Sinn Féin will not be sitting on DPPs to prop up ineffective policing. We will be using our voice on behalf of the community who in the past have only experienced bad policing and have felt abandoned. We want to play a constructive role, however we will not shy away from challenging, criticising or questioning all aspects of policing, when the need arises. For their part, the PSNI must show a willingness to deliver policing in a democratic, and accountable manner, representative of all and free from political control."
Cllr. McMullan concluded by saying that,
"The prize of truly accountable and representative policing, serving the entire community is achievable. Sinn Féin's contribution to this DPP will not be found lacking and will be key to achieving this goal." ENDS