Further delay for Policing College?

It’s already a year behind schedule and when Hugh Orde was in Washington recently he offered to name the planned Police Training College after anyone who donated the estimated �40million shortfall in funding needed to build it. If the reports today are anything to go by, he didn’t manage to convince anyone to open their wallets. The Policing Board, and according to the BBC report, the leaders of all the parties, bar one, have formally written to the prime minister to highlight the problem. Until then, the suggestion is that the plans “have been put on hold”.As I noted previously, the introduction of a policing precept could, eventually, be used to raise those funds through the regional rates.. but that would require the Assembly to be sitting.. unless Peter Hain takes another executive decision..

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