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Dillon comments on new PSNI Chief Constable

1 July, 2019 - by Linda Dillon

Commenting after Simon Byrne took over as PSNI Chief Constable, Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon said:

“Sinn Féin looks forward to working with the new PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne.

“His comments that he wants to serve the public and his commitment to human rights are welcome, but it is action that is required to rebuild and redevelop public confidence in policing.

“He is taking up office at a time when public confidence in the PSNI’s ability to police with the community in an open, effective and balanced way has been severely damaged by a number of recent cases.

“Sinn Féin has consistently called for the responsibility of dealing with legacy to be removed from the PSNI and handed over to the new proposed independent legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House, a position supported by the previous Chief Constable.

“If public confidence in policing is to be restored then the delays in implementing the legacy structures agreed by the two governments and the political parties at Stormont House in 2014 must end.

“And the mechanisms should be given legislative effect, in a human rights compliant manner.”

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