Jim McElroy, former DUP chair of Banbridge District Council reckons that the District Policing Partnerships are a costly waste of time and money.
“I feel this money would be much better spent putting half-a-dozen more officers on the beat in Banbridge, tackling lawbreakers on the street,” said DUP councillor Jim McElroy.
“This is not an attack on any individuals, all I am saying is that this extra expense is costing the taxpayer millions of pounds each year for 26 DPPs across the Province and I hope the new Assembly will change this pattern.
“DPP leaflets, meetings and groups are all very well but they do not stop crime in rural areas, though more PSNI officers could stamp this out. What we need is more action and less talking.”
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