Northern Ireland

Family seeks judicial review of Operation Exposure

A Londonderry family is seeking a judicial review into the use of their teenage son's photograph as part of Operation Exposure.

The PSNI initiative involves publishing images of young people suspected of being involved in crime in newspapers and leaflets.

The application is due before the High Court in Belfast on Tuesday.

At a Derry District Policing Partnership meeting on Monday, it was revealed that the police want to extend the operation to include wanted criminals.

It also emerged that police officers who are involved in stop and search operations now wear cameras to protect them from malicious complaints.

Operation Exposure was defended by Chef Inspector Chris Yates, who said it is the main reason for a dramatic drop in interface violence in the city.

"I take on board the comments from the meeting that the community representatives and community organisations have also played a part in delivering that reduction.

"But I think Operation Exposure is the primary reason why the interface violence has stopped at the Bishop Street interface," he said.

Sinn Fein councillor Maeve McLaughlin said policing decisions need to comply with human rights legislation.

"Just because the PSNI or any other agency are saying something is proportionate or appropriate doesn't mean that it's right.

"I accept what Chris Yates is saying in terms of the impact but I would also point out that as he said himself, this impact and reduction of interface activity has not simply been down to the PSNI.

"It has been actioned by local people, local communities, and local communtiy groups," she said.