Chief Constable must act quickly on shocking and disturbing allegations

The DUP's lead on the Northern Ireland Policing Board, Trevor Clarke has said that shocking and disturbing revelations within the BBC Spotlight programme raise significant questions for the PSNI.

By Trevor Clarke MLA

South Antrim

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He said, "People must have confidence that crimes reported to the police will be properly investigated and they must also have confidence in the officers carrying out that process. The revelations in this programme undermine both of these. There is a significant task for the Chief Constable and senior leadership of the PSNI to demonstrate quickly that they have established control over this incident.

That control must include answers as to whether this is an isolated incident or it is more widespread across the police service and a demonstration that anyone involved in wrongdoing has been identified and appropriate action is being taken. There are further issues about the treatment of those who raised concerns however, and about the length of time investigations take given the WhatsApp group was first reported to the PSNI two years ago.

There is an ongoing investigation, which must establish the facts behind these allegations. However, the Chief Constable must be in a position to provide a more detailed response quickly."

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