14 December 2005

Decision to patrol with British Army shows how far PSNI still have to travel

Sinn Féin

Published: 14 December, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy said that the revelation today by the PSNI that they intend to use the British Army to accompany them on patrols over the Christmas period sends out a very clear message to nationalists and republicans of the distance still to be travelled before we reach the threshold of an accountable civic policing service.

Mr Murphy said:

" The British Army have no role to play in the future of policing in the six counties. No policing service accompanied by heavily armed British soldiers will be acceptable to nationalist communities in the north. That is the reality.

" Today's announcement by the PSNI that they intend to patrol alongside the British Army over the Christmas period shows just how far the PSNI still have to travel before reaching the threshold demanded by an acceptable and accountable civic policing service. A civic policing service does not behave in this fashion.

" The decision to use the British Army to accompany the PSNI over Christmas shows once again just how out of touch with nationalist and republican opinion both the senior leadership in the PSNI and indeed those on the Policing Board actually are." ENDS

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