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Police officers put their lives on the line for us all... they deserve better than to be used as a political football

Gail Walker



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Under pressure: Chief Constable Simon Byrne

Under pressure: Chief Constable Simon Byrne

Under pressure: Chief Constable Simon Byrne

It's no wonder young officers in the PSNI feel demoralised. For Catholic recruits recent events have proved especially challenging. These men and women joined a force that was meant to be all about "policing the peace" in the new Northern Ireland.

They were assured by the principal combatants that this new service had the trust of all sides and was empowered by society to go about the business of law enforcement with the full confidence of all parties.

Instead, nearly three decades after the ceasefires, terror gangs still exist, confident enough to put on shows of strength or give dead comrades a paramilitary-style send-off. The political rhetoric is often straight out of the Seventies and Eighties too. And everything is always elevated immediately to crisis point.


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