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Proposal for wider remit for policing college a step forward

20 February, 2007


Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster Martin McGuinness today said that plans by the British Government to widen the remit of the proposed Policing College in Cookstown to include other members of the emergency services and to fully fund it on that basis was a step forward.

Mr McGuinness who is in Cookstown canvassing as part of the Assembly election campaign said:

"Given the massive funding deficit which has developed in the proposal for the Policing college in Cookstown putting the entire project in some doubt I welcome the fact that the British Secretary of State Peter Hain has finally acted on this issue.

"The decision to widen the remit of the college to include other members of the emergency services including the Fire Service and to fully fund it on that basis is a welcome step forward. There was a clear consensus that the current PSNI training facility inherited from the old RUC was not up to scratch for producing the sort of accountable civic policing service which is required and therefore needed to be replaced. It is important that the British government now act to bring forward the necessary funding and put meat on the bones of today's announcement." ENDS

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