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Primacy of an accountable PSNI is paramount – Gerry Kelly

14 May, 2013 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the primacy of an accountable PSNI is paramount.

The North Belfast MLA and member of the Policing Board said:

"The 'National Crimes Agency' is refusing to be accountable to the normal mechanisms negotiated in the Good Friday Agreement and over the last number of years.

“We recognise the importance of co-operation between different agencies to combat organised crime and this is clearly working on a North/South basis in Ireland and between police in Ireland, Britain and in other police agencies throughout the world.

"The primacy of the PSNI in combating organised crime, indeed all criminality, is paramount. Alongside that is the need for all agencies to be accountable to the mechanisms already in place, such as the Police Ombudsman’s Office and the Policing Board.

“We can not have two tier policing in the North of Ireland. Historically when the accountability mechanisms were not in place policing powers were abused in a very extreme, political and partisan way against one section of our community. We will not return to those days.”

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