Confidence can be restored in Ombudman's Office but Hutchinson must go – Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member, Gerry Kelly, has stated that the independence of the Police Ombudsman's office has been seriously compromised and that confidence can only be restored if Al Hutchinson resigns from his position.
Speaking today Mr kelly said:
“The Police Ombudsman’s Office is a crucial element of the new policing structures. It came about after much hard negotiation. Its independence and its ability to hold policing to account free from outside interference is key to securing and sustaining community confidence in policing.
“The report released yesterday by John McCusker shows clearly that this independence has been seriously compromised. This is a fundamental issue and cannot be ignored. This happened on Al Hutchinson’s watch and the responsibility rests with him.
“There is an urgent need to restore confidence in the Police Ombudsman’s Office. It is my firm view that this can only happen if Mr Hutchinson resigns from his position and allows new leadership to take over and repair the damage done in recent times.”