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Baggott should stick to the job of policing - Maskey

6 December, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Fein Policing Board member Alex MLA has criticised recent comments made by the PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott and Terry Spence of the Police Federation.

Speaking this evening Mr Maskey said;

"Firstly I would remind Matt Baggott that it is his job to implement the necessary changes which were required to policing here and secured under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

The notion that moving 150 officers from frontline duty, out of communities and into guarding stations is madness.

It is particularly unacceptable when you consider Matt Baggott made the commitment to get 600 officers back on the ground dealing with the issues people are truly concerned about, crime and community safety.

I find it truly disrespectful that he decided to make the announcement at a public session of the Policing Board without consulting members first.

Everyone acknowledges that too many PSNI Officers are sitting behind desks, pushing paper. We need them on the street, serving our communities.

As for the comments from Terry Spence regarding the retention of the full-time reserve; that is an argument that has been had and merely goes to highlight further the Police Federations incessant culture of wanting more and more.

The PSNI already have enough personnel, it's past time they started using them effectively to meet the demands of the people." CRÍOCH

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