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Failure to implement Patten

10 August, 2004

Commenting on the publication of a report into the PSNI by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly said that 'the effectiveness of the current policing arrangements was being undermined by the failure to implement Patten'.

Mr Kelly said:

" It is not surprising that HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, a central part of the policing establishment, and with former RUC Chief Ronnie Flanagan at its core, would come out in support of the retention of the full time reserve and in opposition to elements of the Patten plan. It is also not surprising that the DUP have endorsed this position given that they have always supported partisan political policing and continue to oppose the creation of an accountable policing service.

" However it is not the implementation of parts of Patten which is undermining the effectiveness of the policing it is the continuing failure of the British government to implement the Patten recommendations in full which is preventing increased effectiveness through widespread community support and involvement. Even with the full implementation of Patten a policing service with 7000 members is envisaged which per head of population is much greater than forces elsewhere.

" Sinn Féin have repeatedly put our view on policing before the electorate and that position has been endorsed by the majority of the nationalist and republican community who have suffered most from bad policing. A policing service can only be effective if it enjoys the support of a widespread cross section of society. The PSNI currently does not enjoy such support. Sinn Féin will continue to work in the time ahead to ensure that the Patten recommendations are delivered and the demand of the Good Friday Agreement for an accountable policing service is met." ENDS

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