Policing and Justice Powers

Office Of The First Minister And Deputy First Minister – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 9th November 2009.

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Photo of P J Bradley P J Bradley Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:45 pm, 9th November 2009

6. asked the First Minister and the deputy First Minister what steps will be taken to assess community confidence for the devolution of policing and justice, as outlined in their joint letter in November 2008.            (AQO 323/10)

Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin

It is the view of OFMDFM that powers should be transferred, which is a position that we share with all parties in the House.

In November 2008, we agreed a process to give effect to the transfer of those powers. We note the position of the PSNI and the Policing Board, which have supported the transfer, as indeed has the judiciary. The British, Irish and US Governments have done likewise.

In tabling a motion for the transfer of policing and justice, we are mindful of the Pledge of Office that all Ministers affirmed when they took up office. It pledges us to serve all the people here equally and to promote the interests of the whole community. We are determined to work faithfully through the remaining steps that we identified in November and to secure the confidence of the community that is necessary for the devolution of policing and justice functions.