“but then found out that is not quite what they were doing..”

A couple of reports to consider on the “refined process” that is the Historical Enquiries Team. The BBC report notes that “In the first year the team had a 40% turnover in staff, while it was about 29% last year. There are currently 180 staff, up from 80 two years ago.” and they have this quote from a HET spokeswoman

A spokeswoman for the HET told the Press Association many members only signed up to the job for a limited period because of the travel. “Many are attracted to work for HET because of the unique nature of the challenge and a desire to help families if possible,” she said. “However, the nature of the work is also very challenging and some people find that after an extended period, they do not want to experience any more of the trauma involved in these cases. “HET currently have a mentoring system in place whereby experienced staff help new arrivals with all aspects of HET work.”

The Belfast Telegraph report, however, includes this quote from NI Affairs Committee member, Sammy Wilson

Party colleague Sammy Wilson, a member of the NI Affairs Committee, said he found the turnover rates “quite alarming”. He said: “I suppose some of the detectives concerned thought they were going to be reinvestigating crimes and bringing people to book, but then found out that is not quite what they were doing.”

He was concerned about the “immense” amount of resources involved and the fact that the HET has only questioned one terrorist under caution to date, despite having completed reviews of over 400 murders and having more than 1,000 under active investigation.

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  • Greenflag

    ‘However, the nature of the work is also very challenging and some people find that after an extended period, they do not want to experience any more of the trauma involved in these cases.’

    Understandable . A case of the traumatised unintentionally passing on their trauma to their prospective ‘healers’. Would this form of treatment or turnover rate be acceptable in say a hospital ? Wilson is right to be concerned about resource usage .

    ‘the HET currently have a mentoring system in place whereby experienced staff help new arrivals with all aspects of HET work.”’

    So the mentoring system will help to reduce the newly traumatised ‘staff’ who have received the contagion from the cases they are investigating ?

    Not the first time a good idea may in the end have more adverse consequences than the original intention.

  • joeCanuck

    This team undoubtedly started off with high hopes.
    It is probably time to do a cost benefit analysis. I know it will not be easy to calculate a benefit. But it’s no use saying, for example, “No cost is too high if we can save even one life (solve one murder)”.
    That is patently untrue. We put up with 1000s of deaths and injuries from road accidents every year.

  • Steve

    Pete

    If he hasn’t been charged and convicted how do you know he is a terrorist

  • The HET member in a Mickey Mouse tie who turned up at the home of a relative to discuss the murder of a close family member didn’t seem too stressed.

    I’ve also heard that the HET has been told to steer clear of cases where senior Sinn Feiners up at Stormont could be implicated. Apparently some stones are best left unlifted.

  • Reader

    Steve: If he hasn’t been charged and convicted how do you know he is a terrorist
    Pete was quoting the Belfast Telegraph (which may have been paraphrasing Sammy Wilson). Also, it may be that the person questioned under caution had already been convicted of a terrorist offence – like Michael Stone, for instance. So check with the Telegraph, if you want to see how outraged you ought to feel over the good name of an unnamed mention…

  • Gregory

    Try bringing up historic sex crime reported to the IRA in their heyday of physical control, priests, teachers,

    we might find the Catholic Church was greenlighted to shred that material.

    It is hard to say, any criticism of private deals with the Northern Bishops vis a vis to PSNI can be bad for one’s health.

    It is appalling, we should just legislate for a complete amnesty for the last century and first decade of this one.

    The Catholic Church in other places is trying to draw a line and they’re not helped by the English & Irish hierarchies with their squalid little deals with Blair and the NIO.