12 February 2020
DUP Foyle MLA Gary Middleton has condemned repulsive anti-PSNI recruitment posters featuring an image of Peadar Heffron, a police officer injured in a bomb attack by dissident republicans in 2010.
Commenting, Mr Middleton said:
‘‘Whilst we should never be surprised by the tactics of dissident republicans opposed to the rule of law in Northern Ireland, the use of this imagery is particularly depraved and repulsive. It will rightly be rejected by the people of Londonderry and further afield.
The PSNI is a police service for everyone in Northern Ireland. Constable Peadar Heffron served the entire community and these disgusting images cannot undo his service or that of current police officers and staff, from whatever background they come.
Dissident elements will not succeed in their attempts to take us backwards. These posters however demonstrate once again the importance of a united community stance, not just in opposition of those who would threaten or use violence, but pro-actively in support of choosing policing as a career."