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Sinn Féin demand PSNI act following collapse of public confidence

Published: 9 April, 2014

Pat Doherty MP and Omagh Council Chairperson Marty McColgan led a Sinn Féin delegation on Friday 4th April to meet senior PSNI officers, Superintendent Alywin Barton and Omagh Area Commander, Sue Ann Steen.

The meeting was demanded by Sinn Féin following growing concerns over the level of complaints about the PSNI in the Omagh District, particularly from young people.

Following the meeting, Mr Doherty MP said,

"We had a very frank exchange and the senior PSNI team were left in no doubt of the seriousness. This follows the collapse of public confidence in policing in the aftermath of the highly publicised court cases, where the judge had dismissed evidence by police as being tainted and lacking in credibility.

"We stressed the consequences of bringing these young people before the courts on charges that could have serious impacts on their futures.

"It was a constructive meeting and there is an acceptance by the PSNI of the situation. They have undertaken measures to address the situation with the PSNI's F District briefing Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay of the situation and his office requesting the Police Ombudsman investigate the cases as a bloc."

Councillor McColgan said,

"We sought the meeting to press on the local PSNI management of the break down in discipline of their officers on the ground, and that they need to take control of the situation.

"We have raised this at PCSP level and our Policing Board members have been alerted to the issues.

"People want a police service, not a police force and Sinn Féin will confront and expose bad policing. The public expect and are entitled to better. Where policing is not delivered then it needs challenged and changed for the better."