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.’