Despite his party’s close ties with the Loyalist paramilitary organisation UVF, Billy McCaughey of the PUP insists that policing should be left to the PSNI.
The release of the latest crime figures will not have bolstered the confidence of the same body:
“Irwin Montgomery, of the Police Federation, blamed sectarian rioting and the terrorist threat. He said: ‘The amount of time which has been absorbed in combating street disorder and heightened security obviously reduces resources available to deal with ordinary crime. The community has to ask itself where its priorities lie.'”