[Sinn Fein]

8th December 2002

Nationalists will not participate in flawed policing arrangements

Commenting on today's reports that only 26 Catholics were recruited by the PSNI for administrative duties Sinn Fein spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly said:

``Those figures are a stark reminder for the British government that nationalists will not participate within flawed policing arrangements. Nationalists are demanding the sort of accountable policing service promised in the Good Friday Agreement, the British government has so far failed to deliver this.

``These figures place an even greater onus on the British government to bring forward legislation which brings its Policing Act into line with Patten.

``We will continue with our engagement with both governments and the other parties to close the gap between what is currently on offer and the requirements of a fully accountable and representative policing service.''

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