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MP comments on Cookstown police college decsion

7 August, 2008


MP comments on Cookstown police college decsion

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness today said that the decision to site the new Police Training College in Cookstown must mark the start of an entirely new relationship between the PSNI and the nationalist and republican community.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Aside from the obvious economic benefits the decision to site the new college will have for the Cookstown area the key function of this new facility must be to build a new relationship between the PSNI and the nationalist and republican community.

"In this area in the past the nationalist and republican community have rightly viewed policing with deep suspicion. The PSNI must now demonstrate clearly that they can police this community impartially. It is vital that the PSNI cast off any remaining vestiges of the old RUC and the closure of the Garnerville training college and its replacement with the one in Cookstown is part of all of this. It is crucial that from the very first day recruits are surrounded by the new policing ethos demanded by the Good Friday Agreement.

"As part of the business case for this new college opportunities are there for all-Ireland training and training for other emergency services. It is important that this happens on the Cookstown site also." ENDS

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