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Sinn Féin comments on end of PSNI Full Time Reserve

18 June, 2009


Sinn Féin member of the Policing Board’s Corporate Policy, Planning and Performance Committee, Daithí McKay has said that the ending of the Full Time Reserve is another necessary step on the road to building an accountable civic policing service.

Mr McKay said:

“The removal of the full time reserve from the policing equation is another necessary step on the path to an accountable and civic policing service. Of course we will see a rear guard action being mounted by some. But the reality is that the implementation of Patten, in its entirety, including the removal of the full time reserve, is an essential part of the route map laid down to take us from the policing failures of the past into a new policing era.

“The Chief Constable has briefed the Policing Board on this matter and the Corporate Policy, Planning and Performance Committee has now discussed the issue. The Chief Constable has made it clear that this move as an important further step and will not impact on the PSNI job of delivering frontline services for local communities.

“Those opposed to the necessary changes within the PSNI should stop fighting battles that are lost and concentrate on the job of building confidence within the community in the new policing structures.” ENDS

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