04/11/2021

Efforts Must Be Maintained To Build Confidence In Police - Alliance

It is vital that efforts are maintained and stepped up to ensure the PSNI is representative of the community it serves and represents, Alliance Councillor and Policing Board member John Blair has said as he marked the 20th anniversary of the service.

Speaking ahead of the latest public policing board meeting, Mr Blair said: "All of us involved in politics and public life more widely have a role to play in building confidence in policing and creating as diverse and inclusive police service as possible.
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"This should be done through continued and public engagement with police, encouraging robust discussion on policing matters and maximising community involvement in policing structures such as PCSPs. When there are difficulties, discussion must be respectful and ever watchful of those inclusive and representativeness goals.

"The PSNI, together with the Policing Board and Police Ombudsman's Office have made great strides in bringing Northern Ireland from a darker to a better and safer place and all of those involved in these bodies should be especially thanked this week."

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