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Cop accused of running brothel

19 November, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Dozens of PSNI officers are currently facing serious criminal allegations, Policing Board member Martina Anderson has said.

The Foyle MLA was speaking after the Policing Board's Human Rights Committee received an update on the number of PSNI members currently facing disciplinary proceedings.

She commented: "A number of officers are accused of very serious charges including an indecent assault on a child and possession of child pornography as well as drugs and violent offences. One officer is even accused of running a brothel.

"In all, nearly 60 officers were repositioned or suspended since last year and our message is clear - criminality within the police simply cannot be tolerated.

"A number of other longer-term disciplinary cases have now been resolved. This includes a case which I raised last April regarding an officer who had been suspended on full pay for several years.

"I said then that it was unacceptable for disciplinary cases to drag on for months and years at huge cost to the public purse. I am glad that message now seems to be getting through.

"I also believe the fact that we are now hearing about these cases and seeing guilty parties disciplined shows the impact which Sinn Féin's presence on the Policing Board is having.

"In the past, criminality within the police would simply have been covered up. We wouldn't even have heard about it.

"Sinn Féin's engagement on policing is changing all of that and we will continue to take a robust, critical approach within the Board and the DPP's to ensure that we get the kind of accountable policing service where there is absolutely no room for criminality or human rights abusers." ENDS

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