|In conversation this week with the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable, Simon Byrne, Archbishop Eamon Martin expressed his concern at the circumstances surrounding, and implications of, the recent release of sensitive data, in error, by the PSNI.
Archbishop Martin said, “In recent days I have spoken to several families and relatives of Catholic PSNI members. I wish to state my unequivocal support for all those who serve as police members or civilian support workers for the PSNI.
“I have previously encouraged young people from the Catholic community to consider a career in policing. Today I reiterate this sentiment. For that reason I also call on everyone in the community to reject entirely those who would intimidate or threaten the courageous women and men – including those from the Catholic community – who selflessly choose this noble vocation of policing.”
Archbishop Martin concluded, “I am in no doubt but that the future of peace and prosperity across the island of Ireland will depend upon respect and support for policing. Today I assured the Chief Constable that all members of the PSNI, and their families, are in my prayers at this time.”