29/04/2002

Cross border deal on policing signed

The British and Irish governments have signed an agreement to help improve cross border co-operation on policing.

The deal signed at Stormont by the Secretary of State John Reid and the Irish Minister for Justice, John O’Donoghue on Monday April 29, includes measures for a joint annual conference on policing and new opportunities for the movement of officers between the Gardaí and the PSNI.

Following the signing, Dr Reid said: "This Agreement represents yet another significant milestone in the implementation of the Patten report on policing. It lays the groundwork for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Siochana to build upon the excellent co-operation, which already exists between them. This is the first step in the creation of more formalised links between our two police services, which must be in the interests of improving the effectiveness of crime prevention and detection in both jurisdictions.

“Sharing of knowledge and expertise will be encouraged through a variety of initiatives, including a joint annual conference on policing, together with collaborative training, disaster planning and investigatory arrangements.”

(AMcE)

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