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Transforming policing has never been about individuals – Sinn Féin

16 April, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Alex Maskey has today commented on the news that PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde is to take up post as President of the association of Chief Police Officers.   Speaking from Belfast this afternoon Mr Maskey said,   “Transforming policing has never been about individuals. However Hugh Orde without doubt has made a significant contribution to many of the policing changes we have been part of in recent years.   However his time has not been without problems. Under his leadership the PSNI have consistently withheld information from inquests and blocked families in their pursuit of the truth and responses to ordinary criminal matters particularly in working class areas has been disappointing. We have also recently put on the record our dissatisfaction at the use of extended periods of detention.   Hugh Orde’s departure along with other senior officers who have indicated they are intending to move on, provides an opportunity for the Policing Board, under its new leadership, to put in place a new and dynamic group of officers at the top of the PSNI to manage the next stages of policing transformation which will occur with the transfer of powers. That work needs now to be our priority.” CRÍOCH

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