Presbyterian Moderator the Rev Dr Rob Craig has said that society must give active support and encouragement to the PSNI and he believes that it can do this with confidence, given the robust accountability mechanisms that are in place.
The Moderator made his remarks on a visit to Musgrave Street police station this week, when he met PSNI officers of all ranks including Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr, Chief Superintendent George Clarke and Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum.
Dr Craig explained that the emphasis of his visit was to “pay tribute to the many thousands of officers of all ranks in the PSNI who seek to serve this community to the very best of their ability and to recognise and appreciate the support they receive from their families.”
“A healthy democratic society needs a police service in which it can have confidence and to which it can give its full support,” added Dr Craig, who warned that “if this support is partial or withdrawn, it opens the way for others to try to fill the vacuum, and the well being and the future welfare of our whole community is weakened by that.”
Dr Craig, recognising that “like the rest of us the PSNI are not perfect; they do get things wrong from time to time,” stressed the need to have robust accountability mechanisms in place.