Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott says there is no turning back on the fate of the full time police reserves. According to a Board member who listened to Mr Baggott this afternoon at a committee meeting of the Board he made it clear there will be no U turn. The source said he is satisfied with the Chief Constable’s explanation on how he plans to deal with the current dissident threat. The same Board member told Slugger O’Toole Mr Baggott in no sense gave any commitment to ‘underwrite’ anyone’s job when the current full time reserves leave the PSNI.
The DUP has been implying that the expertise and experience residing in the outgoing officers could be absorbed or harnessed somehow in a civilianised manner in the PSNI. The Chief Constable’s restatement on the reserves will come as a disappointment to Jeffrey Donaldson.