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Pat Doherty MP leading Sinn Féin delegation to meet PSNI

Published: 31 March, 2014


Pat Doherty MP will be leading a Sinn Féin delegation to meet with a senior PSNI team on Friday.

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

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Pat Doherty MP said:

"There has been a number of high profile cases recently where the judge has dismissed evidence given by police.

"Public confidence in policing in Omagh is at an all-time low. This is the fourth time in 12 months that police have been in the dock. More and more young people are being brought before the courts on charges that could affect their futures.

"My party colleagues have raised this at PCSP level and our Policing Board members have been alerted to these other issues.

"We want a police service, not a police force and we won't be shy in confronting and exposing examples of bad policing. It is well below the service the public expects. We're not just content with criticising policing when they get it wrong but challenging and changing it for the better.

"Sinn Féin has sought the meeting with senior PSNI officers to raise our concerns and to demand they take action."