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PSNI reprieve will make a real difference: Harris

By Deborah McAleese

The PSNI will be able to continue with recruitment plans following a £20m reprieve in its budget for this year.

An extra £22m has been allocated to the PSNI after the Northern Ireland Executive found an additional £150m for its final 2015-16 budget.

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said the funding will "make a real difference to keep the people of Northern Ireland safe".

There had been serious concern within PSNI command over the effect budget cuts would have on the organisation's capabilities. This year a number of civilian jobs were axed, police stations closed and recruitment placed on hold.

Mr Harris said the additional money "will be used in the provision of front line services in the community, protecting the most vulnerable in our society and combating the threat of serious harm from organised crime and violent dissident republicans".

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