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Elements within PSNI oppose acceptable policing service

30 June, 2004

Commenting on the decision of the PSNI to suspend the requirement for its members to disclose their membership of secret societies, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly said that the decision was 'the result of elements within the PSNI who are committed to thwarting policing change and the achievement of an acceptable policing service'.

Mr Kelly said:

" With the transfer en masse of the RUC into the PSNI it was inevitable that the old rump of the RUC, many of whom are human rights abusers, would work from within the PSNI to thwart the achievement of a new policing service. The recent court case challenging the requirement to disclose membership of secret societies was part of that agenda.

" It can also be seen through the continuing failure to provide vital documentation to a number of inquests, the refusal to wear identification badges and the resistance to inquiries into collusion emanating from the PSNI.

" There can be no doubt that there are those in senior positions within the PSNI who hark back to the days of the RUC. They are an active blockage to the achievement of an acceptable and accountable policing service and must be challenged if the demand of the Good Friday Agreement is to be met." ENDS

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