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Orde decision to retain PSNI full-time reserve "wrong"- Maskey MLA

21 September, 2007

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said Hugh Orde has made the wrong decision in retaining 382 PSNI full time
reserve officers, a decision which is in direct violation of the Patten recommendations.

He said,

"In today's policing board meeting, we expresssed our regret that Hugh Orde is to retain 382 full time reserve members. This decision is wrong.

"This regrettable decision to retain the reserve for another two -three years, is one which will be questioned by many.

"The implementation of the Patten proposals are about delivering good community policing and this move is in direct contravention of these recommendations.

"The arguement to phase out this full time reserve is well founded and consistent. The fact is that Hugh Orde must implement the Patten recommendations without delay."


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