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SDLP opposition to CRJ part of policing establishment opposition to further change

28 February, 2006


Commenting after the latest attack on CRJ schemes by the SDLP, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Gerry Kelly has said that the constant complaints about Community Restorative Justice schemes by the SDLP has nothing at all to do with these schemes or the way they operate both is an attempt to justify their flawed decision to jump too early onto policing.

Mr Kelly said:

"Again the SDLP continue with their attacks on what are widely regarded as a progressive and valued community facility in an attempt to prevent further policing change and therefore justify their flawed decision to jump too early onto policing. The SDLP‚s opposition to CRJ has nothing at all to do with these schemes or the way they operate.

"Community Restorative Justice is not an alternative to an acceptable and accountable policing service. Such projects are additional to a policing service and now operate successfully across the world. Indeed the work of the schemes currently operating here has been praised by the Oversight Commissioner.

"The SDLP have in effect become part of the policing establishment and are now determined to prevent the sort of changes necessary to deliver Patten and deliver an accountable policing service." ENDS

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