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Illegal activity of police officers must be dealt with swiftly

13 December, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Daithí McKay has said that police officers in breach of the PSNI's Code of Conduct and involved in illegal activity need to be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. Mr McKay was speaking after a number of inquiries were launched into the activities of police officers.

Mr McKay said:

"When police officers are involved in any sort of illegal activity it damages public confidence and even more damage is done when the police do not deal with such cases appropriately. Members of the public will be watching closely to see how these officers are dealt with by the PSNI.

"In order to build confidence in policing the police must ensure that their internal disciplinary measures are robust and that all officers are trained to report any illegal activity that their colleagues may be involved in. If the PSNI can deal with all matters like these professionally and swiftly, and tackle the 'kid gloves' culture, then there would be less cases referred to the Police Ombudsman and more confidence in the organisation. Within any organisation it is important that a Code of Conduct is upheld and respected. " ENDS

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