The BBC NI TV news report on the confirmation that PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde has applied for the position of the next head of the Metropolitan Police used a line which is also in the online report
Sir Hugh is credited with helping to make the new police service more acceptable to Catholics.
Perhaps they should ask what former Assistant Chief Constable, and the forces highest-ranking Catholic officer, Peter Sheridan thinks of that argument? The BBC NI online report also includes this line
During his time in office, Sinn Fein has joined the policing board and the number of Catholic officers has risen to 25%.
And perhaps the associated reduction in the perceived threat to Catholic officers had something to do with that? As Peter Sheridan also said
“Youre in a peace-building context. People have this view that the peace is done and its all over. And to some extent that part of the conflict is over but its by no means stable yet. Yes, a lot of the engagement has been at the top political level but actually the grassroots hasnt been engaged in it.”