The Belfast Telegraph reports that “calls have been made for a specialist police unit to deal with dissident incidents”:
Sinn Fein Policing Board member Daithi McKay warned that peoples lives could be put at risk, and has called for a specialist unit to deal with difficult incidents.
These are dangerous situations, he said. We saw the threat when a device went off in Newry. It could have done a lot of damage and killed people in the area.
There is obviously public concern about police response times for some incidents, and there is a duty on the Chief Constable and the PSNI to look at these.
If the PSNI is unable to adequately respond to these incidents, then it is worth considering looking at a specific unit or specially trained officers to deal with such issues. That could lead to better response times and decrease the risk to the public.