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Figures Show PSNI To Be An Overwhelmingly Protestant Force

16 December, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly has said that figures released today showing that the PSNI had a workforce which was 91.6% Protestant, showed clearly that the failure to deliver Patten had resulted in very low figures of Catholic or nationalist recruitment to the force.

Mr. Kelly said:

"These figures demonstrate clearly that the PSNI is an overwhelmingly Protestant force. Its make up does not reflect the society it is supposed to serve.

"The result of Patten not being delivered by the British government and the behaviour of the PSNI in nationalist areas, has been the fact that the numbers of Catholics and nationalists willing to support or join the PSNI are tiny." ENDS

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