Police Oversight Commissioner, Al Hutchinson, has urged Sinn Féin to endorse the PSNI. Gerry Moriarty in the Irish Times reports (subs needs):
“It remains the case that collective politics has failed policing in Northern Ireland, not the reverse,” he said.
Mr Hutchinson said 124 out of the 175 Patten recommendations had been implemented and many of those not fully competed were in train, such as reaching a 30 per cent target for Catholics in the police.
“While challenges still remain, with the exception of the devolution of policing powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolution of authority and decision-making has, generally, been accomplished,” he said.
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