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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many reserve police officers are based in Fermanagh; whether they are used to police the community; and whether reservists are still being recruited in the county.[HL3831]

The chief constable announced on 21 September 2007 his decision, following a comprehensive and detailed examination of the need for full-time reserve (FTR) officers, that there remained a need to retain the services of 381 FTR officers. Their main role would be to secure the police estate and also provide protection and security in the external police environment.

There are currently eight FTR officers fulfilling this role within Fermanagh area command unit.

There is no recruitment to the FTR. Those officers who have been retained are being phased out and will leave the service before 31 March 2011.