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Sinn Féin comment after Policing Board meeting

1 June, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

Speaking after the first meeting of the new Policing Board today, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the issue Gerry Kelly said:

“The current policing structures where brought about after lengthy negotiations over many years with the British government. Central to these negotiations was the establishment of an effective Policing Board with all of the necessary powers to meet the challenge of holding the PSNI to account.

“The Policing Board has real statutory power and responsibility and is a key element is ensuring community confidence in the current policing arrangements.

“It is important that the new Policing Board now gets quickly down to business. There are significant policing challenges out there from the issue of response time to the wider issues of human rights compliance and policing in partnership with the community.

“The new Sinn Féin team on the Policing Board will be working closely with our colleagues on the Justice Committee and on the local DPPs as we seek to build upon the strong foundations laid by our previous board members.” ENDS

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