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No excuses for poor clear up rates

7 September, 2007


Sinn Féin Policing and Justice Spokesperson and Policing Board member, Alex Maskey MLA has said that any 'gaps in the understanding' between the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) over the criteria required to pursue a prosecution will only undermine public confidence in both organisations, particularly if this is offered as the key explanation behind the relatively low conviction rates here and lengthy delays in legal proceedings.

Mr Maskey said:

"Sinn Fein are seriously concerned about the delays in pursuing legal proceedings and the failure to successfully bring forward prosecutions, where they are warranted and appropriate, because of the failure of the PSNI and PPS to agree the basis upon which to proceed.

"Any 'gaps in the understanding' between the PSNI and the PPS over the criteria required to pursue a prosecution will only undermine public confidence in both organisations, particularly if this is being offered as the key explanation behind the relatively low conviction rates here and lengthy delays in legal proceedings.

"Following our suggestion the Policing Board has now agreed to make the resolution of this issue a priority area of work. Sinn Féin is determined to ensure that people get the policing and justice they deserve.

"There can be absolutely no excuses for the poor performance within the PSNI or the PPS. Any misunderstanding that may exist between these two key agencies must be resolved as a matter of urgency and cannot and should not be used as an excuse for the policing or justice that falls well below what is expected." ENDS

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