PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne
Further to last night’s publication of New Decade, New Approach – the text of a deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland – by Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith.
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has released a statement saying:
“There is much in this document which is good for policing and I welcome its publication.
“Clearly the support for boosting the strength of the PSNI to 7,500 police officers will be at the heart of our aspiration to invest significantly in community policing across Northern Ireland in the months ahead.
“We welcome plans to reform and streamline our outdated criminal justice processes and also address the issue of legacy investigations which drain our focus on policing the issues of here and now.”
“A fresh emphasis on tackling the scourge of paramilitary crime and intimidation, supported by legislation to tackle unexplained wealth, sits four square with our operational priorities.”
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