Alliance North Antrim representative Jayne Dunlop has said that only better cooperation between local people and the police can restore confidence in law enforcement in North Antrim.
Speaking after a meeting with the PSNI, the former
Party Chairwoman stated: ‘I accept the police, from the Chief Constable downwards, has been working hard to track down those responsible for the recent attacks in the area and have arrested several people.
Assigning more police officers to Ballymena should give people some reassurance in that regard.
‘However, there needs to be greater co-operation
between the police and local people. The confidence of people in the PSNI was dented by recent events in Ballymena, particularly its lack of decisive and firm action against the youths who threw stones at the police in the mixed Dunclug area last month.
‘I can reassure people that they can be confident that the information they give to the PSNI is anonymous. This information is central to taking trouble makers will be taken out of circulation.
‘Everyone has a responsibility to work to rid the area of people who are causing misery to local people both in specific attacks but also generally in unruly behaviour on the estates.’