Statement of ACC Will Kerr
12 Jul 2012
"We are extremely encouraged that the vast majority of areas across Northern Ireland passed off peacefully last night. Despite some localised pockets of disorder this was the quietest 11th night in policing terms that we have seen for a number of years.
"Ten people were arrested last night in Belfast and we will continue to take a very robust approach to anyone engaging in violence, criminal activity or putting local communities at risk. The robust action shown last night will continue over the next few days. Our message is clear - anyone engaging in violence runs the very real risk of being convicted and ending up with a criminal record.
"We greatly appreciate the active support shown last night and over recent days from community leaders and representatives to deliver the quietest night that Northern Ireland has experienced in many years. This clearly sets a more positive tone for the rest of today.
"We will continue to support and work with communities to reduce tensions over the next few days and would encourage all members of the public to behave responsibly, to show tolerance to others and continue to work with us to ensure a peaceful 12th period. This is what the vast majority of people here in Northern Ireland want, need and deserve.
"The power is in everyone’s hands to influence what happens today. Violence does not need to be inevitable – it is an individual choice with individual consequences."