David Ford said: “Sir Hugh’s comments are timely and should act as a warning to any local politician who would seek to impinge upon the operational independence of the Chief Constable.
“The principles of independence on policing apply as much in Northern Ireland as they do in Great Britain.
“Political policing must never be allowed in Northern Ireland. Local politicians must realise the massive damage any action or perceived action of this nature could do.
“Operational independence helps maintain vital public confidence in our police.”