As a part-time member of the RUC with 24 years’ service, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Northern Ireland Secretary of State Shaun Woodward for making us most welcome at a recent reception in Hillsborough Castle to recognise the service of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC part-time reserve.
I would also like to express my thanks to his family, some of whom introduced themselves to our party.
We greatly appreciated their interest in the role in which we served — and continue to do so — in our medals and the effect our work has had on our families through difficult years.
We hope that, through our conversations, we conveyed to them our dedication to duty and the effects of injuries on our colleagues, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice. Still, after these years of dedicated service, it appals me that some politicians, and others, fail or are unwilling to recognise our service and sacrifice to the community, a point acknowledged by the Secretary of Sate at the reception.
To those who have supported us in our campaign for financial recognition I express my heartfelt thanks, particularly to Blair Wallace ACC (retd), Ross Hussey (chairman), David Young (secretary) and to members of the committee for their wavering and continual support.
Unfortunately our present Chief Constable still refuses to recognise or acknowledge our campaign for whatever reason.