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Kelly criticises PSNI over FOI requests

12 November, 2018 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has criticised the PSNI after it emerged that it has amassed a backlog of nearly 300 unanswered Freedom of Information requests. 

The party’s Policing spokesperson said:

“The Freedom of Information process is an important tool for ensuring transparency and accountability within any public body. 

“Public confidence is key to any good policing service and an organisation like the PSNI should be aiming to adhere to the very highest standards with regard to Freedom of Information requests. 

“A backlog of 20 percent of Freedom of Information requests within the PSNI is clearly not acceptable. 

“Such delays can often mean that the information requested becomes redundant. 

“The backlog needs to be prioritised and cleared without further delay.”

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