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Policing Board vote welcomed

6 August, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey MLA has welcomed the vote taken by the Policing Board today for the disposal of 26 Police Stations across the North.

Mr Maskey said:

“This is a victory for common sense. Arguments being put forward that we should continue to see money from the policing budget wasted on unused police stations were in the end unsustainable.

“What we need to focus on now is how we deliver the policing service that people are entitled to. What we need is to maximise the resources available to deliver good quality policing. 

“I made it clear to the PSNI today that Sinn Féin’s primary concern is for the PSNI to take account of the needs and concerns of local communities. This means the PSNI must deliver effective strategies for tackling anti-social behaviour, drug dealing, hate crime, burglary and car crime and ensuring that people feel safe in their communities.

“Sinn Féin will also continue to try and ensure that the disposal of these assets is in the interests of local communities either by utilising the land for local benefit or for any money generated to be retained locally.” ENDS

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