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Chief Constable: “You can’t separate the counter-terrorism efforts from organised crime.”

Thu 27 June 2013, 4:24pm

The PSNI has already warned of the potential consequences of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s restricting of the activities of the UK’s new National Crime Agency here.  Now, as the Belfast Telegraph reports, it’s the turn of the Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, to address the issue.

Speaking at the launch of the Organised Crime Task Force’s (OCTF) annual report at Crumlin Road jail yesterday, Mr Baggott said any NCA work carried out in Northern Ireland would be done “with complete transparency”.

And he warned that the police’s ability to fight organised crime and terrorism would be severely hampered by restricting NCA powers here.

He added: “It is essential we retain the expertise, the contacts and the capability of the National Crime Agency. You can’t separate the counter-terrorism efforts from organised crime.

We know terrorist activities are still funded by fuel laundering, tobacco smuggling, armed robbery, extortion… the list carries on. [added emphasis]

“If the NCA isn’t able to operate here there will be a detrimental effect on our ability, not just to keep people safe today, but to keep our children and their children’s futures safe in the long-term. I’m not saying accountability is political dogma but I know the way people will interpret a block on the NCA being able to operate here.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Neil (profile) says:

    I suppose we should just take his word for it then, as we know cops don’t tell lies.

    The RUC have again rejected allegations of official collusion between the Northern security forces and Loyalist paramilitaries. The denial follows claims made in a BBC television documentary on Loyalists that is due to be broadcast on Sunday.

    The RUC has rejected the claims saying that allegations of official collusion have been investigated in the past with nothing to support them. The Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, has called for an independent public inquiry saying the issue of collusion was an open secret.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/1999/0305/764-ruc/

    Of course then the British government have also denied collusion existed here for years. Given their intelligence services have colluded in torture and rendition and more recently have admitted to tapping the communications of, well, half the world, then maybe we shouldn’t take too much at face value.

    Then when you factor in the context of the many deaths suffered across the divide as a result of British agents or on information supplied by the British to Loyalist terrorists one might not be that surprised that 15 years after the ink dried on the GFA we haven’t suddenly decided there’s nothing to worry about. I suspect if the British had set about murdering Loyalists instead of Nationalists they too would object to the safeguards against British police collusion fought for being sacrificed on the word of a British policeman.

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  2. sherdy (profile) says:

    Batt Maggott, your nose is growing longer and longer!
    If the NCA are operating here they will not report to you, so you cannot give any guarantees of transparency.
    If you so obviously don’t tell the truth on matters like this, can we ever believe anything you say? I don’t think so.

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  3. ArdoyneUnionist (profile) says:

    The NCA issue is an issue of national security and as such is a Westminster issue, therefore the Home Secretary should tell Stormont that they are getting the NCA whether they like it or not. End off.

    “The Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, has called for an independent public inquiry saying the issue of collusion was an open secret”.

    Gerry when it comes to your open secret where is our
    independent public inquiry???

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  4. Neil (profile) says:

    The NCA issue is an issue of national security and as such is a Westminster issue, therefore the Home Secretary should tell Stormont that they are getting the NCA whether they like it or not. End off.

    Not gonna happen without our agreement, try again.

    Gerry when it comes to your open secret where is our
    independent public inquiry???

    You agitate for yours, well do the same for ours. If you care enough, do something.

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  5. cynic2 (profile) says:

    I want a public inquiry into SF and IRA collusion with the Brits ….the truth must be told

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  6. Zig70 (profile) says:

    So the nats say they don’t trust the English not to treat nats as common criminals when they oppose the English imposition. So the nats have put their faith in an English wet instead. That’s going to go well. lol. Did they not learn last time? We ain’t common.

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  7. Dec (profile) says:

    I’ll repost the views of Jim Gamble, former head of the RUC’s Special Branch, as Peter appears to be studiously ignoring them:

    ‘“It [accountability] is a key issue if you are going to have public confidence… We cannot afford to have the Policing Board sidelined or blindsided to what is going on…You cannot create two-tier policing…You cannot have one set of rules for the PSNI and one set of rules for the NCA. That doesn’t make sense operationally or politically…People are either badly informed or being mischievious because we are scaremongering and we’re exploiting people’s fears.”

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  8. aquifer (profile) says:

    Global criminals must love local policing.

    If you cannot buy them you just blow them up.

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  9. cynic2 (profile) says:

    “You can’t separate the counter-terrorism efforts from organised crime.”

    What Baggott forgot to say was the last bit

    “and you cant separate the organised crime from some political parties who regularly appear at court to support those former colleagues charged with serious criminal offences ”

    Can anyone remind us which party might be blocking NCS operating in NI?

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