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Politicians must give full support to rule of law

MATT Baggott, the outgoing Chief Constable of the PSNI, has been an honest, hard-working cop, let down on many occasions by a lack of leadership from politicians.

He has always been committed to keeping people safe and delivering a community police service in Northern Ireland.

He has done a sterling job of attempting to navigate the deep divisions in our society and leave a better community for our children and young people.

Indeed, if we all showed as much concern for young people as the Police Service our society would be a better place.

Unfortunately, he has been let down on countless occasions by political parties intent upon using the PSNI as a political football and showing an equivocal attitude to the rule of law. Matt Baggott deserved more and there is a responsibility on politicians to do better for his successor, George Hamilton.

There's an ongoing challenge for leaders in our society to work consistently towards building a better future and to combat division. Matt Baggott carried out his duties with this in mind.

The political parties at Stormont need to spend less time worrying about short-term political battles and more showing genuine leadership.

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It would be a fitting tribute were they to offer his successor, and the Police Service their full backing and give unequivocal support for the rule of law.


Co-chair, NI Conservatives

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