Chief Constable: It is not the job of police to monitor the activity of paramilitary groups

Okay, just a quick note on one of the few significant details to emerge from the Policing Board’s interrogation of senior officers of the PSNI today. In response to the proffered idea that that the PSNI should monitor it fell to the Chief Constable to point out to our senior lawmakers that….

…it was not the job of police to monitor the activity of paramilitary groups. He said he would not support any move to change the law to make the PSNI responsible for monitoring the status of such groups.

It’s a point also highlighted by the BBC’s Vincent Kearney on Twitter:

He also pointed out that…

Any such threats would be dealt with by MI5 (where those with anti terrorist experience now operate) or in case of organised crime the National Crime Agency.

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