'Stop Playing Politics with Police Reform' Patten Urges Support for New Service

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'Stop Playing Politics with Police Reform' Patten Urges Support for New Service


Byline: DAN McGINN

POLITICIANS in Northern Ireland must stop playing politics with policing and support the new police service, European Union Commissioner Chris Patten insisted yesterday.

The former Hong Kong Governor, who chaired the Commission into police reform in the Province which put forward proposals last year, urged nationalists for the second time this week to take part in the new policing structures.

Mr Patten insisted the Government's Police Act would deliver an effective and accountable police force for all the community.

"I am not going to get into the debate about what happened to the Bill as it went through Parliament, but what I can say is at the end of that process the thrust of the reforms that we wanted is being followed and Northern Ireland, with the support I hope of the whole community, will get the police service it deserves," he said.

"It is terribly important that people stop playing politics with the police in Northern Ireland.

"It is terribly important that they join the police from both communities."

Mr Patten played down divisions among former colleagues on the Patten Commission over whether their proposals had been watered down.

Last month Professor Clifford Shearing, a former member of the Commission, argued the proposals had been "gutted", but Mr Patten claimed that assessment was based on an earlier draft of the Bill.

Mr Patten also told BBC 1's Breakfast With Frost programme he was disappointed by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's comment that he could not at this stage recommend young nationalists to join the police service.

The former Conservative Party chairman said: "I think all nationalists, and I would hope republicans as well, would see that the proposals we have made for the police ensure that there is better civilian control over the police in Northern Ireland in the future than there is for almost any other society. …

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