PSNI to cut its use of retired staff
The PSNI is to reduce the number of retired officers who have been rehired to carry out specialist roles within the force, a top officer has said.
More than 300 ex-police officers who retired with generous Patten redundancy packages are currently working for the Police Service after being hired as civilians.
Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said she realised this was an issue of public concern and told the Policing Board that the PSNI had a plan to reduce the service's reliance on such staff.
"We have a plan to manage our reliance on this over the next year but there will be some areas where we still need to maintain expertise for a period beyond December 2012," she said.