Interesting speech by Matt Baggott at the BIPA here in Cavan (I’m tweeting mostly). It becomes clear why he got the job. He basically argued that the emphasis has got be put on getting convictions more quickily. He also noted that some of the comprehensive checks and balances put in place to ensure fairness and accountability are actually coming between the police and getting things done. He noted at one point that:
Where ever I shine a spotlight I see bureaucracy. 44,000 files sent on to criminal justice system. We must ask how we are spending our time and resource. We need to make justice speedy and proprortionate. Taking cars off drunk drivers for instance. .
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