“some of the systems of the past, but with a different image now..”

Policing Board Chairman, Desmond Rea, and the Chief Constable, Hugh Orde, told the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive Review Committee today of the pressures on the policing budget – including the estimated £76million cost of countering continued republican paramilitary activity over the next two years. But on Stormont Live Mark Devenport identified what Hugh Orde was actually revealing when he was talking about the need for helicopter “top-cover” and “armoured vehicles that don’t look like armoured vehicles” – “a sort of a return to some of the systems of the past, but with a different image now.”

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