PSNI no show won’t deter Sinn Féin’ – Duffy

The failure of the PSNI to attend a special council meeting won’t deter Sinn Féin from raising issues and concerns on policing, the party’s council group leader Sandra Duffy has said.

Cllr. Duffy was commenting after the PSNI pulled out of a planned meeting with Derry City and Strabane District Council which was due to take place today.

She said: “We are obviously disappointed at the PSNI’s decision because this meeting had been arranged to discuss matters around policing which are extremely important.

“My party had tabled a number of questions to be discussed at the meeting around the high level of stop and search incidents in this city and several recent PSNI operations which fell well below the standards of community policing that we expect to see.

“We will continue to raise these matters through the PSNI accountability structures including the Policing Board and the local policing and community safety partnership.

“The PSNI needs to reconsider its decision and schedule a new meeting with the council because these are hugely important issues and Sinn Féin will not be deterred from raising them.”