12/10/2018

PSNI Responds To Threat On Catholic Police Officers

The PSNI has branded a dissident republican group "drug dealers," in response to threats that Catholic police officers will "never be safe".

It was revealed earlier this week, amid a police recruitment campaign, that officers are not sent to work in their home communities due to the threat from dissident republican terrorists.

The Newry branch of dissident republican group Saoradh posted on Facebook that Catholics who join the police force are "the enemy" and will become "strangers and outsiders".

"They will never again be welcome or safe in the community they were once part of and rightly so," the post said.

Two Catholic PSNI constables, Stephen Carroll and Ronan Kerr, were killed by dissidents in recent years.

A PSNI spokesperson responded to the threats and said: "Why would they want their drug runners arrested?
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"Why would they want vulnerable people protected when they can exploit them and push them into violence which, after all, they have stated is 'right' against us?

"Why would they want violent offenders and domestic abusers arrested when it would just decimate their numbers?"

The response was posted on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page.

It also highlighted a clear choice that the public face, to stand with these groups who "drag us back," or to progress with the rest of society.

"You can work with us to combat drug dealing, burglary, scams and exploitation of the elderly, child abuse, drink driving, domestic abuse, mental health concerns and the rest of it.

"Don't listen to their drivel. Don't listen to their lies. Occasionally they let the mask slip like they have done here, and you see them for exactly what they are."



(JG)

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