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Ford congratulates police on a GR8 job

Justice Minister David Ford has congratulated the eight thousand police officers involved in the G8 security operation on a job well done.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The 4,700 PSNI officers and 3,600 mutual aid officers did a magnificent job ensuring that the G8 leaders were able to come to Northern Ireland, do their business and leave with minimal disruption to the community.

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

David Ford said: "The 4,700 PSNI officers and 3,600 mutual aid officers did a magnificent job ensuring that the G8 leaders were able to come to Northern Ireland, do their business and leave with minimal disruption to the community. This shows that the six months of planning and training was time well spent.

"I have congratulated the Chief Constable Matt Baggott and have asked him to pass on my thanks to his fellow Chief Constables and the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána for the role they and their officers played in this impressive operation. In addition, many people worked behind the scenes providing essential support services for the police, prisons and courts. Northern Ireland showed that it is well and truly capable of organising high profile events.

"There has been some ill informed and narrow minded criticism comparing the level of the security arrangements with the low levels of protest. Had we not prepared properly and trouble ensued, the reputational damage to Northern Ireland would have been many times the policing cost. The protests that took place were largely good natured and this is to be welcomed.

"Compared to previous G8 meetings we had incredibly positive images being broadcast around the world and this can only enhance our international standing. Northern Ireland was making the headlines for all the right reasons."

Notes to editors

  1. A photograph of the Minister’s meeting with the Chief Constable is available by contacting the PSNI Press Office on 028 90700084.
  2. All media enquires should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office on 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.