Northern Ireland

Number of PSNI officers fell too quickly - Matt Baggott

PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott
Image caption Matt Baggott told the UUP conference that millions were being spent to counter the dissident threat

The PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has said the force was reduced too quickly following the ceasefires.

Addressing delegates at the UUP conference, he said that in the past twelve months, the service has spent millions to counter dissident terror.

He said that reductions in police numbers from 13,000 to 7,000 had been done with the best intention and that no-one should be blamed.

He said that the expenditure was needed to keep dissidents on the back foot.

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