‘Recruitment onus is on PSNI – not politicians’ - Kelly
Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly has criticised comments from DUP MP Gregory Campbell in which he said nationalist politicians should give ‘more than just lip service’ to policing.
The North Belfast MLA said:
"Gregory Campbell completely misses the point which Chris Patten made in his report about the history and the make-up of policing.
“50/50 recruitment was necessary to address decades if imbalance in the make-up of the police and was only one part of wholesale reforms in an effort to bring about an accountable policing service committed to policing with the community.
“Sinn Féin welcomes positive measures taken to address barriers to recruitment, but more needs to be done.
“The PSNI has a job of work to encourage young Catholics to join the service by being pro-active in tackling the barriers to recruitment clearly designated in recent surveys and representations by Sinn Fein.
“No political party recruits for the PSNI but I am on the record as having said that my door is open to assist anyone, Catholic or otherwise, interested in a career and policing."