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Policing with the community should be priority for incoming Chief Constable – O’Neill

24 May, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Commenting on the appointment by the Policing Board of new Chief Constable Simon Byrne Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill said: 

“The Policing Board has completed its selection process to appoint the new Chief Constable.

“Sinn Féin looks forward to working with the new Chief Constable Simon Byrne.

“Action is required to rebuild and redevelop public confidence in policing.

"Sinn Féin urges the incoming Chief Constable to commit to policing with the community as the core principle and basis for progressing  modern policing.

“Sinn Féin has consistently called for the responsibility of dealing with legacy to be removed from the PSNI and handed over to the new proposed independent legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House.

“The delays in implementing the legacy structures agreed by the two governments and the political parties at Stormont House in 2014 must end.

“And the mechanisms should be given legislative effect, in a human rights compliant manner.

“There is also an onus on the incoming Chief Constable to ensure that significant failures of the PSNI to disclose information in a timely and acceptable manner to the courts and to families of victims of the conflict must end.

“There must be no more blocking or delays.”

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