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Maskey: PSNI must reflect the community

11 November, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey MLA has this morning stressed the continued need for the PSNI to be truly representative of the community here.

Mr Maskey’s comments comment after the British Secretary of State said he is ‘minded’ not renew the provisions for 50/50 recruitment to the PSNI.

Speaking today Alex said:

“This is yet another indication of the arrogance of a British Tory Minister attempting to impose their will on important issues here in the north.

What is central in all of this is the continued need for the PSNI to be truly reflective of and responsible to the broader community in the north of Ireland. As yet that is not the case, 29% representation of those from a Catholic background is not a satisfactory reflection.

The Patten Recommendations are a threshold which I am minded the British Government diluted through Peter Mandelson’s legislation. Muh work remains to be done in order to ensure that the PSNI become reflective of our communities as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement.” CRÍOC

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