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Kelly - Policing Not About Personalities

29 August, 2003

Commenting on the first anniversary of Hugh Orde‚s appointment as PSNI Chief Constable Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly said that policing 'was not an issue of personalities but an issue of achieving an accountable policing service'.

Mr. Kelly said:

"Sinn Féin is committed to achieving an acceptable Policing service and an acceptable system of Criminal Justice.

"However despite much progress being made in recent years we have not yet reached the Patten threshold. Issues of democratic accountability, particularly the transfer of powers on policing and justice, remain to be resolved.

"The Policing issue is too serious to be reduced to personalities. It is not about who is Chief Constable, it is about the power they hold and the mechanisms required to hold them to account."ENDS

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