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No surprise that confidence in PSNI dipping

14 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has said that it is hardly surprising that confidence in the PSNI has dropped in recent times given the daily exposure of the role of the political detectives in controlling and directing policing policy here.

Ms Gildernew said:

" In the latest research by the Statistics Research Agency it shows clearly that public confidence in the ability of the PSNI to deliver effective policing has dropped significantly.

" This is hardly surprising given the fact that in recent times the malign influence being played by the RUC old guard within the Special Branch has been further exposed. Last week it finally emerged in court that the collapse of the power sharing executive was caused by an operation devised, organised and controlled by the Special Branch.

" Their intention was to cause maximum political damage, an objective they achieved. We have also seen the harassment of Sinn Féin elected representatives, catholic civil servants and the GAA. This is not acceptable or accountable policing. It is a police force with an element of the Special Branch behaving with impunity safe in the knowledge that they are above scrutiny from either leading officers or the Policing Board itself." ENDS

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