The Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board has welcomed the attendance of the First Minister, deputy First Minister and Justice Minister at today’s Attestation Ceremony, and called for funding of policing to be given urgent attention.
Policing Board Chair Deirdre Toner said:
“Policing is the key to a safe and stable society and I very much welcome the support shown from the First Minister, deputy First Minister and Justice Minister at today’s Attestation Ceremony.
There now needs to be urgent focus given to funding levels within the Police Service so that the Chief Constable has the resources needed to meet the demands faced and calls for service from the community.
As a Board we will continue the lobby for investment in policing, on pay for officers and staff and on improvements that can be made for policing - improvements that will benefit both the PSNI and the wider community.
We trust that the Executive in their discussions and deliberations recognise the critical role of policing to our ongoing peace process, to society stability and to ensuring the safety of all in our community is maintained, and the importance of investment to maintain that.”
For any further information please contact the Policing Board Communications Office on 02890 408 500.