PSNI in NYC St Patrick's Day parade

Published Thursday, 13 March 2014
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PSNI officers will take part in New York's St Patrick's Day parade for the first time this year.

PSNI in NYC St Patrick's Day parade
PSNI officers will take part in the parade for the first time this year. (© UTV)

The six officers will be led by a Chief Inspector and were selected to attend because of their participation in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games.

New York hosts one of the world's biggest St Patrick's Day celebrations and the main parade is over 250 years old.

Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said: "We are delighted to have six officers in New York representing the PSNI and participating in the St Patrick's Day Parade."

First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are currently in Washington following their visits to Los Angeles and San Francisco as part of a trade mission.

They will attend the annual St Patrick's Day celebrations at the White House hosted by President Obama along with Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers.

© UTV News
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24 Comments
Mid ulster male in Mid ulster wrote (189 days ago):
I don't think New York invited them to attend on your behalf Kevin Meehan. NYC wanted to invite people who have made a positive contribution to the community on this god forsaken island - your invite must have got lost in the post
seanie in dungannon wrote (189 days ago):
why all the fuss over cost alcoholics and reforming heroin users are given everything in NI. The cost of this is nothing compared to this trip, to the anti american people on here America has put a lot of investment into the whole island dont bite the hand that feeds
Sandra in New York wrote (190 days ago):
I understand from reports in NYC that the PSNI may be disinvited to march, That is sad ! Perhaps some people will be pleased
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (190 days ago):
A great holiday for this hard, worked Police force. Come July period they are going to be working overtime in a hostile environment. While serving their country and putting their lives at risk Great to see them getting a well earned break
Mr. S. Higgins in Newry wrote (190 days ago):
Finally the PSNI has realized it's on the island of Ireland and is going to represent the Irish in NYC, great progress has been made here in the past few years, can't even imagine the RUC acknowledging their Irishness in such a manner. Brilliant, the shamrock on the PSNI badge is finally coming to life.
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