9 August 2007 Edition

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Crossmaglen set for historic PSNI engagement

Conor Murphy

Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin Newry/Armagh MP Conor Murphy has been asked to facilitate upfront, a meeting between community representatives and the PSNI following a public meeting in Crossmaglen on Wednesday, 1 August. The public meeting was organised by the local Community Safety group and attended by over 200 people.
The decision to request a meeting was taken after the Sinn Féin MP gave those in attendance a detailed feedback on his recent discussions with senior PSNI Officers, where concerns were raised about responses in tackling anti-social violence and criminality in the Crossmaglen area.
Murphy said:
“The Community having been confronted with serious incidents of anti social violence and criminality, firmly believe that the response in tackling what is happening by the PSNI, has, at best, been totally inadequate.
“At their request I have agreed to facilitate an engagement between Community representatives and the PSNI, so that the community can put their views to them very strongly, and also hear from them, as to how they intend to effectively tackle the issues involved.
“Sinn Féin’s focus in all of our engagements with the PSNI – indeed with all of the policing structures – will be to ensure that it carries out its duties and responsibilities in a fair and impartial way, as an effective civic police service, which is democratically accountable to the public.”

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