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Anderson demands rigorous probe as cops suspended

12 December, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Martina Anderson has called for a rigourous investigation after it emerged that seven PSNI officers have been suspended from duty for alleged 'joyriding' offences.

The Foyle MLA said:

"I am sure the public will be shocked to learn that these officers have been suspended for so-called joyriding, particularly in the wake of the recent death of four PSNI men in a crash in County Down.

"I am conscious of the fact that these officers have not yet been found guilty of any offence but there must be a full and rigorous investigation of this incident.

"Joyriding - or death driving as it should be known - has brought untold misery to communities across the North and there should be a zero tolerance approach to it, especially within the police.

"Indeed, there should be a zero tolerance approach to all forms of criminality within the police and that is what Sinn Féin is consistently demanding within the Policing Board.

"Since taking our seats in the Board, we have been at the forefront of exposing criminality within the PSNI and weeding out those who have absolutely no place in the policing and justice system.

"I think the very fact that we are now hearing about these issues and prompt action has been taken in this case shows that our approach is effective.

"However, we are conscious that there is much more work to be done and as a member of the Board's human rights and professional standards committee, I am pushing hard for new mechanisms to be put in place that will ensure that we get the very best standard of conduct from all of those employed by the PSNI." ENDS

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