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People Uneasy Over PSNI College

18 February, 2004

Commenting on reports that the PSNI are seeking to build their new training facility in Cookstown, local MP Martin McGuinness said that many local people would be uneasy at the proposal given the many outstanding questions which need to be resolved over policing.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The overwhelming majority of people in this area support the Sinn Féin position on policing. They would be uneasy at the construction of a PSNI training facility while the business of achieving an acceptable policing service is still ongoing.

"In recent times we have read the report into the murder of Sean Brown in Mid Ulster, we have seen the PSNI refusing to co-operate with the inquests into the killings of Roasanne Mallon and nine others in Tyrone. There is the continuing issue of the British government failure to publish the Cory report and their failure to demilitarise policing in the north.

"It can also be assumed that any PSNI college will be used to train recruits in the use of plastic bullets and other repressive measures and it will not have at its core the Human Rights ethos demanded by the Patten Report.

"Sinn Féin's focus will continue to be on getting policing right and we will not be distracted from that task by speculation surrounding the siting of the new PSNI training facility." ENDS

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