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Adams welcomes PSNI decision on Auto-crime Unit

19 May, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams has welcomed this mornings news that the PSNI has reversed its decision of last week to scrap the auto-crime unit in west Belfast.

Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams and a delegation, including Fra McCann MLA, Councillor Marie Cush and representatives from the west Belfast Community Safety Forum, yesterday morning met senior PSNI officers in Parliament Buildings, including Alastair Finlay, ACC Belfast region of the PSNI; Mark Hamilton, PSNI chief Supt for North & West Belfast; and Emma Mooney, PSNI chief inspector for west Belfast.

Gerry Adams asked for this meeting with the PSNI in order to review recent developments in the aftermath of Seamus Fox’s murder and to discuss the development of a policing strategy to curtail violent crime and counter anti-social hotspots in west Belfast. Also on the agenda was the decision by the PSNI to scrap the auto-crime unit.

Speaking this morning after he was informed by the PSNI of its decision to reinstate the west Belfast Auto-crime unit until January of next year Mr. Adams said:

“The decision to keep this unit in place until January of next year while a consultation takes place with the community on agreeing how to take this issue forward, is a positive development.

It is evidence of the merits of the PSNI and community groups engaging on policing issues.

Yesterdays meeting with the PSNI was a good meeting. We agreed a detailed programme of work to follow through over the next month. And we will be meeting to discuss progress and next steps.”

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