Warning of service failings over funding cuts

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland says the current political crisis should give Ministers the time to reflect on what policing requires if it’s to deliver a well resourced and reliable police service.

Warning of service failings over funding cuts

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The Police Federation for Northern Ireland says the current political crisis should give Ministers the time to reflect on what policing requires if it’s to deliver a well resourced and reliable police service.

Warning of service failings over funding cuts

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland says the current political crisis should give Ministers the time to reflect on what policing requires if it’s to deliver a well resourced and reliable police service.

PFNI Chairman, Mark Lindsay, said: “We’ve heard about imminent cuts in the PSNI allocation, but there’s now time to reconsider what amounts to fairly brutal financial ‘surgery’.

“We’ve seen instances of deteriorating levels of service, and they are primarily due to resource issues. Put simply, if there aren’t enough officers, then the ability to combat crime, and attend domestic incidents and accidents will be further impaired.

“If service levels are below what they should be, and what the public has a right to expect, then they can only get worse if adequate funding is denied.

“The men and women in the PSNI don’t want that to happen. They’re dedicated and committed – in many instances, working for free – but there is a breaking point and its fast approaching.

“Ministers need to be aware of the consequences of what they are doing. And when there are deficiencies and shortcomings, the public must realise that it isn’t the fault of the police whenever their calls go unanswered.

“Despite the cuts, every effort will be made to protect the wider community. However, gaps will emerge, and it will have to be Ministers and not the police who will have to answer to the public for any failings.”

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