David Ford stated: “Sinn Fein should back the PSNI and become involved in policing structures. This would give the process a massive confidence boost. Such a move would provide the impetus to seal a deal to restore devolution.
“In August, the Alliance Party published five benchmarks on policing and the rule of law which all parties should fulfill in order secure stable and sustainable devolution in the long term.
“This is not just about sitting on the Policing Board, it is about full co-operation with Police Service at all levels. This applies to all parties, not just Sinn Fein.
“Sinn Fein must give sole recognition to the Police Service to ensure that a deal can be done to restore devolution.”