Remarkable Progress despite lack of Political Support

“Overall accountability and governance structures have shown themselves to be effective, with the PSNI and other bodies driving improvements forward despite the lack of full community support.” – That’s the view of the Police Oversight Commissioner, Al Hutchinson. He went on to say that “The lack of support is really the key barrier to deep change. Those who resist or deny change should understand that the absence of full community support will only impede the necessary reforms, which in turn will only benefit the criminal activities of a few.”And just in case anyone was in any doubt about who he is referring to, he clarified his remarks to the Irish Times – “He told The Irish Times his comments referred both to Sinn Féin, which refuses to join the Policing Board, and to those unionists who remain opposed to the 50:50 recruitment practice which aims to ensure equal numbers of Catholics and ‘others’ in the ranks of the PSNI.”

Full report is available here – (Report 11, date is wrongly given on the site as 27.05.2004)