PSNI To Recruit 300 Officers After £16m Brexit Funding Boost

The PSNI has been awarded £16.48 million for Brexit preparations, that will fund the recruitment of over 300 officers as part of additional Treasury financial provisions.

The Northern Ireland Office has confirmed the news.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton had previously called for a financial boost for the force to pay for the recruitment of an additional 400 officers, to allow him to mitigate the effects of Brexit.

He welcomed the announcement today, Wednesday 19 December, and said it would allow the force to recruit 308 constables by April 2020.

Mr Hamilton had previously warned of the challenge posed by the Irish Border and the possibility of dissident republican violence, prompting a need for more police bodies.

This would facilitate the continuation of neighbourhood policing activities, while border issues are dealt with, according to the Chief Constable.
News Image
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."

Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, Anne Connolly, also welcomed the news.

She said: "It is welcome that the Chief Constable's bid for additional resources has been successful. 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."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

06 May 2021
'Investigative Failures' By Police Found Over Four Deaths
Significant operational and investigative failures by the police over the deaths of four people during severe disorder in Belfast in August 1969 have been found, according to the Police Ombudsman.
23 November 2020
PSNI Officers To Continue To Use Spit and Bite Guards
All serving police officers are to be issued with Spit and Bite Guards for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. The guards were first introduced in March 2020 to COVID19 Response Teams, Custody Staff, Armed Response Unit and Cell Van Crews.
29 April 2021
Three Cars Destroyed During Arson Attack
Three cars have been destroyed following an arson attacked at the house of a serving police officer in Larne. Three cars were set on fire outside the property on the Glenarm Road shortly before 1.45am on Thursday, 29 April. The officer, his wife and daughter were in the house at the time but were not physically harmed.
13 April 2021
Investigation Launches After Burning Car Abandoned On Railway Track
An investigation has launched after a burning car was abandoned on a railway track near Bellarena. The incident happened at around 7.45pm on Monday, 12 April, and the train driver was forced to make an emergency stop. The line was closed following the incident, however it has since reopened.
27 November 2020
People Urged To Use Lockdown To Help 'Drive Down' Covid Infection Rate
As a new two-week "circuit breaker" lockdown comes into force, the Health Minister Robin Swann has urged people to use the opportunity to drive down the rate of Covid-19 infection and ensure a safer Christmas for families. Mr Swann made it clear that by taking responsibility for our actions, we can achieve maximum benefit from the next fortnight.