Orde ready to address SF on policing

Saturday 11 November 2006 22.37
Hugh Orde - PSNI can deal with dissidents
Hugh Orde - PSNI can deal with dissidents

The Chief Constable of the PSNI has said he is prepared to go to a Sinn Féin Ard Fheis and give the party members his views about what he believes are the most accountable policing structures in the world.

Addressing a conference of the SDLP in Belfast, Hugh Orde said he believes that Sinn Féin was losing an opportunity by not taking its places on Northern Ireland’s policing board. 

The party led by Mark Durkan participates in Northern Ireland's policing structures, including the Policing Board.

Sir Hugh also dealt with the threat caused by dissident republicans, who have caused £25 million pounds' worth of damage in attacks on commercial premises this year.

The Chief Constable said he was satisfied the PSNI can effectively deal with that threat.