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Public kept in the dark by NIO

What an insult to the citizens of Northern Ireland.

Paul Goggins has announced a public consultation paper on the merger of District Policing Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships. The event will last just eight weeks (ending May 6) - even though the NIO has been secretly discussing these proposals with key stakeholders for over 18 months.

The paper sets out the options the NIO has considered for new Crime Reduction Partnerships and outlines their preferred model.

Why on earth would any member of the public bother to engage with the NIO in relation to this matter when they've made up their mind before we even start?

Once again the NIO are treating the Northern Ireland public like second-class passengers on this transitional journey.

JOHN COLLINS

Belfast

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