“I will speak to them to try and get an end to this.”

I mentioned previously the question of whether the latest arrangements could avoid being infected by the poisonous foundations of the Process™.. it might already be too late.. According to an Irish News report [subs required] the extortion helpline, set up a year ago, has received just 4 calls and in the same time just 15 people were arrested in connection with extortion investigations. But the key point to note is that the head of the organised crime unit doesn’t seem to understand why public confidence in investigations of those crimes is low..

Our last two investigations have been focussed on the south Antrim area. However, if you ask me do I believe the mainstream UDA are still involved in extortion, well yes I do.”

That would be this mainstream UDA.. From the Irish News report[subs req]

[Detective Superintendent Essie] Adair said that although witnesses were reluctant to come forward, putting pressure on those with influence in loyalism might [be] the most effective method of dealing with extortion.

He said he was prepared to have face-to-face meetings with those suspected of involvement in organised crime.

“We work through the local district command unit to talk to those who have influence,” Mr Adair said.

“We have always worked like that.

“We have done that since I took this job on and we will continue to do it because at the end of the day police cannot deal with this problem alone.

“I will speak to them to try and get an end to this. It is no longer an acceptable part of Northern Ireland society. People should not have to pay for the privilege of working.

“I truly accept the public’s concern but if it stops it then it has to be worth it.”

Except he’s admitting that it’s a continuation of an existing policy not a new policy.. and that that policy has failed to deliver.

Not that he should take all the blame. It is, after all, an ongoing policy way of Processing™ that’s been handed down from above.

There is an alternative to the police negotiating with for-profit terrorists approach – “You need to treat them like criminals”

Otherwise it’s not the basis of a civilised society.

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  • The Penguin

    “He said he was prepared to have face-to-face meetings with those suspected of involvement in organised crime.”

    Yes, this little throwaway says it all. Sort of, “Please stop, or use your influence to get your underlings to stop, because it’s not right.”

    That woolly, right-on approach will really sort it out.

    These cops should be holding face-to-face meetings only across a table in an interview room while charges are being prepared.

    So much as well for no more politically-directed policing. Jackie and the boys can do what they like because they “support the process”. But like N Belfast before it, S Antrim falls out with Jackies gang so that’s where the cops concentrate their resources.
    It isn’t up to the cops to differentiate between criminals on the basis of their supposed politics – come down equally hard on them all.

  • parcifal

    crime just won’t go away will it?
    terrible isn’t it
    *shakes head*

  • “I will speak to them to try and get an end to this.”

    Erm. And how exactly is he going to put it to them…?

    Excuse me, but would you mind most awfully ending your somehat distasteful interest in organised crime, extortion and money-laundering? Thanks, chaps. You’re proper gents. You really are…

  • Comrade Stalin

    I keep on and on hearing that comment from the police, “the police can’t deal with this alone” or “this isn’t a policing problem”.

    What exactly are the police for if they do not accept their responsibility to address crime ?

  • Pete Baker

    “What exactly are the police for if they do not accept their responsibility to address crime ?”

    True, Comrade.

    But, as I suggested in the original post, there is also the not insignificant matter of those poisonous foundations.. and the ongoing policy way of Processingâ„¢ that has been handed down from above.