The population of Dromore and surrounding district have lost faith in the PSNI and are calling for a new police service for Northern Ireland, according to local loyalists.
A spokesperson for Dromore Unionist Voice said the group feels that the PSNI are ‘anti unionist’ and: “The attitude of the riot police is a disgrace and they are operating bully boy tactics in beating the Protestant, unionist and orange populations off our streets.
“The riot police are destroying good relations between the unionist people and the community police officers throughout Northern Ireland.”
The statement added: “People are getting hit by batons and police using foul, bigoted, racist language against peaceful protesters and even councillors and MLAs.”.
The spokesperson made reference to the recent republican parade in Castlederg saying it made the DUV and other unionist groups angry: “The Police Service in Northern Ireland is a joke.”
The DUV representative said unionist councillors and MLAs and the unionist population of Northern Ireland need to “wake up very fast”.
Chief Inspector Darrin Jones, PSNI area commander commented: “The PSNI upholds the law and seeks to protect the public in an impartial manner and ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.
“We recognise and uphold people’s right to participate in parades and peaceful, lawful protest. However, with that right comes responsibilities.
“PSNI polices all events in an appropriate and proportionate manner. Anyone who engages in criminal activity or puts the community at risk will face the consequences of the criminal justice system. PSNI will fulfil its obligation to gather evidence and bring those responsible to justice, regardless of who they are or which community they represent.
“If individuals or groups have concerns about any aspects of local policing then PSNI remain open and willing to engage and to discuss how those concerns can be resolved.”