Chief Constable hits out at Sinn Fein and SDLP

PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has today hit out at Sinn Fein and the SDLP, accusing them of insulting his officers and using the police as a political football.

The comments were leaked to a Belfast newsroom today after Sir Hugh issued a confidential police memo, which was sent to around 10,000 police officers last week.

The Chief Constable is understood to have been angered by comments made by nationalist and republican politicians, following last week's Police Ombudsman's report, which referred to police collusion in loyalist murders in north Belfast from 1991.

Sir Hugh accused some political parties of making "unfair and damaging statements about our organisation" including a statement by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams who said that republicans would "put manners" on the police.

Also in the memo, Sir Hugh tells staff that he has spoken directly to the SDLP leadership to express his anger - and taken steps to speak to Sinn Fein, but says their leadership appears to have "gone on-the-run".

The memo ends by the Chief Constable saying he is "proud to lead the PSNI" and says his staff "can hold their heads up high".


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 September 2021
Three Border PSNI Stations To Be Put Up For Sale
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed to PA news agency that the sale of three border police stations is to go ahead. After Brexit uncertainty halted plans the PSNI believe that now the time is right to put the stations back up for sale. The police stations are in Castlederg and Aughnacloy in Tyrone and Warrenpoint in Down.
06 June 2007
Orde says 'No' to unarmed police force
At the first Policing Board meeting involving Sinn Fein, the PSNI Chief Constable was challenged today by Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey to say when an unarmed police force would patrol in Northern Ireland.
14 September 2021
12-15-Year-Olds To Be Offered Vaccine
The Covid-19 vaccine is to be offered to young people aged 12-15, following unanimous advice to ministers from the four UK Chief Medical Officers.
24 January 2007
Police Ombudsman to brief board on report
The Policing Board are to be briefed by Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan this afternoon. The meeting is expected to be tense and the PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde is expected to attend the meeting. Mrs O'Loan's report has come under fire from the retired police officer's association.
24 January 2007
Special Branch officers named in Commons
SDLP leader Mark Durkan has waded into the RUC collusion scandal by using parliamentary privilege to name three senior RUC officers who, he claims, failed to co-operate with the Police Ombudsman's inquiry.