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Kelly - PSNI Figures - 'Hardly Surprising'

3 February, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly has said that figures released showing that only 13% of PSNI members have confidence in the Police Ombudsman are 'hardly surprising given the fact that most current PSNI members originated in the RUC'.

Mr Kelly said:

"The PSNI is in the main comprised of former members of the RUC. The RUC for decades operated outside the law and outside any form of effective accountability. It is hardly surprising therefore that only 13% of the PSNI are happy with now being subject to a form of accountability.

"However these figures are a timely reminder of how necessary it is to get policing right and get democratic accountability over policing. There is clearly substantial resistance within the PSNI ranks to the process of change and to the accountability which will be necessary to achieve a new beginning. This will of course include the transfer of powers over policing and justice to locally elected representatives." ENDS

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