Mr Blair, the party’s new Policing Board representative, was speaking after the first meeting of the newly reconstituted Board, its first meeting in two years.
“The key to community confidence in the PSNI is accountability and the Policing Board is a crucial component of providing just that,” he said.
“Last year, Alliance’s Next Steps Forward document outlined suggestions to get the political process moving again. Among them was the re-establishment of the Policing Board.
“It is vital we have a functioning board to oversee policing here. We are less than a week after an explosion was carried out in Derry-Londonderry by suspected dissidents and still face the scourge of continued paramilitarism in several other areas.