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Kelly concerned over PSNI use of child informants

1 December, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has raised concerns about the PSNI's policy of using children as informants. 

Speaking after it was revealed the PSNI has spent almost £2million on informers in the last five years the Policing Board member said; 

"It was revealed that the PSNI has spent almost £2 million on informers in the last five years. What is very disturbing is that police believe it is somehow acceptable for children to be used as 'covert human intelligence sources' or informers. 

"I believe it is wholly inappropriate to approach children and young people to involve them in such dangerous activity, which could potentially pose a threat to their lives. 

"Sinn Féin has publicly and privately raised concerns about the misuse of vulnerable people as informants. 

"The PSNI must also explain the extent of these payments and what is meant by gifts or 'payments given in kind' to informants and what sort of resources were used for this. 

"I will be raising these concerns with the Chief Constable at the Policing Board this week."

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