Sir Jeffrey – Government must provide resources to counter terrorist threat

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said the recent terrorist threat assessment reinforces the need for more police officers on our streets and for the police service to be properly resourced.

He made the call after highlighting the need for proper resourcing at Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament.

Speaking afterwards Sir Jeffrey said, “Serving as a police officer is an honourable career, but in Northern Ireland it is one which not only brings a level of threat to them but also to their families. There has been a strong and united stand against such threats, including the attempted murder of DCI John Caldwell. However, this must go beyond words and translate into tangible support.

The New Decade New Approach Agreement set a target of 7,500 police officers and the recent threat assessment demonstrates the need for more police officers on our streets. Those officers must also be properly paid to reflect the service they give and the sacrifices they make to keep us all safe. The Police Federation has recently highlighted the stark reality facing officers, including those forced to take on additional part-time jobs.

Responsibility for dealing with terrorism and with national security in all parts of the United Kingdom lies with the Government at Westminster. They must ensure that those who would attempt to drag Northern Ireland back are met with a police service that is adequately staffed and properly resourced.”

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