No reprieve for full time reserve PSNI officers.

Chief Constable Matt Baggot told the policing board last week he has no intention of retaining the full time reserves. The remaining three hundred plus reserves are being phased out under the Patten recommendations. Only about 100 of these are on the ground involved in security duties according to a PSNI source. Mr Baggot is not of the opinion that any appreciable expertise will be lost in the event of the reserves going. The police federation is legally active claiming a lack of consultation on the demise of the full time reserves.
This is not altering the course of action set in train. An overall review of deployment of resources is taking place inside the PSNI in the face of the dissident threat described as ‘severe.’ This development will not please Peter Robinson. Neither will the fact that there is no mention of ‘personal protection weapons’ for former police officers in the Gordon Brown financial package.

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  • aquifer

    In this recession you can get very smart capable people when you recruit new officers, we should spend our money on them.

    A full time reserve is a contradition in terms, not a useful resource.

    Many of them did not made the grade to get into the RUC, there should be no back door into the PSNI.

  • igor

    What’s the betting on how this one plays out when the DUP turn up the heat on the Government?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    igor,

    re. “What’s the betting on how this one plays out when the DUP turn up the heat on the Government? ”

    Pray tell what very cleverly concealed weaponry the DUP have for this acvtivity?

  • fin

    The DUP will probably get a few crumbs to save face, possibly the retention of personal protection weapons for ex-cops, maybe some grants for Loyalist bands,

  • Judith’s blog

    Eamonn, PSNI statistics (Oct 1) indicate

    1. There were 444 full time reservists
    2. There was a deficit of 482 constables
    3. 170 students are included in the total of full time officers

    Do a significant number of young PSNI officers have a drug habit? If so, does this compromise their ability to deal with local paramilitary godfathers?