Chief Constable Statement

  • 13 December 2016

Chief Constable statement following meeting with First Minister

Commenting on this afternoon's meeting with First Minister Arlene Foster, Minister Michelle O’Neill on behalf of the Deputy First Minister and Justice Minister Claire Sugden, Chief Constable George Hamilton said: "Today's meeting was useful and constructive. It allowed myself and DCC Drew Harris to reinforce the position made clear by ACC Martin last Friday about individuals connected to Charter NI."

Mr Hamilton continued: "ACC Martin's public commentary on Friday remains an accurate assessment of the PSNI's position. At an operational and community level Charter NI do some very meaningful and positive work. However, it remains our view that an individual or individuals connected to that organisation continue to be associated with paramilitarism."

Mr Hamilton concluded: "On the ground and at a local level across many parts of Northern Ireland, the PSNI will continue to work with community groups who have a positive contribution to make. However, where we have evidence that individuals are involved in criminality we will investigate, seek to gather evidence and where appropriate report to the PPS."