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The PSNI has been awarded over £16m in additional funding.

The PSNI has been awarded over £16m in additional funding.

The PSNI has been awarded over £16m in additional funding.

The PSNI has been awarded £16.48m to help prepare for Brexit, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has confirmed.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton had previously asked the Home Office to fund 400 extra officers to allow him to deal with the repercussions of Brexit.

He welcomed the announcement and said that it would allow police to recruit 308 officers and staff by April 2020.

 

The Chief Constable has warned that the return of infrastructure to the Irish border could make border posts a target for dissident republican violence.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley welcomed the added funding, saying it would help manage "pressures and contingencies arising from EU exit preparations, reflecting the specific and unique concerns in Northern Ireland".

"The UK Government has invested significantly in the PSNI, with over £230million of additional security funding over the course of the 2010 Parliament and £131million over the current spending review period."

Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said the board would be tackling police funding in the new year.

"Resources available to the PSNI and their allocation to day to day delivery of the policing service is one of the key issues that the Board will be discussing with the Chief Constable in the New Year and in the development of policing plans for the time ahead," she said.

Speaking last month Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) chairman Mark Lindsay called for “certainty, direction and clarity” around Brexit and what it will mean for policing in the region after March.

He said the UK Government must give police financial assurances they will have the resources to patrol the Irish border in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“We need hundreds more officers if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal. The case has already been made by the PSNI for more resources, and decisions are now overdue,” Mr Lindsay said.

Belfast Telegraph


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