Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney speaking today after a Sinn Féin delegation including Elisha McCallion MP and Karen Mullan MLA met with the PSNI over house searches and arrest operations in Derry said:
“Sinn Féin has long stated our view that core to effective policing, is Policing with the Community, it is also the cornerstone of increasing confidence and trust.
“Policing with the Community demands good leadership and proper judgement.
“In recent house searches and arrest operations, the ramrodding and cutting through front doors runs counter to this.
“People, and in particular children are left traumatised.
“Leadership and judgement were lacking on these occasions.
“Questions arise as to in whose interest does this style of policing suit.
“At our meeting today, we told the PSNI that such an approach is unacceptable, that it will be challenged and left them in no doubt that it undermines confidence in policing.”