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Sinn Féin seeking PSNI meeting to discuss community policing

7 January, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey and East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile have welcomed the announcement by the PSNI that they are to create neighbourhood policing teams within the South and East Belfast areas, and have said that they will be seeking a meeting with the PSNI in order to help them to identify their priorities and to develop a strategy of engagement with the local community.

Alex Maskey MLA said,
"We have been pushing for this development within the Policing Board for some time now. Indeed, this was one of the recommendations contained within the Patten Report.

"If we are to have successful policing here then the PSNI must be responsive to the needs of the community in which they serve. To this end the move to establish neighbourhood policing teams is to be welcomed.

"We will be seeking a meeting with the PSNI in order to assist them in identifying policing priorities within the community and to help them to develop a strategy which ensures that they are engaging with the local community in which they serve".

Niall Ó Donnaghaile concluded,

" While I welcome this move by the PSNI, it must be more than a cosmetic exercise and must amount to more than just juggling resources. I hope that this announcement heralds the beginning of a long term strategy which will see community policing develop in a way that is responsive to the community in which they serve".


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