1. ITV Report

PSNI receive extra £16m to help prepare for Brexit

The Treasury said over £16 million pounds had been allocated to the PSNI. Credit: UTV

The PSNI is to receive additional funding from the Government to prepare for the UK leaving the EU.

Previously, the Chief Constable had asked the Home Office to fund 400 extra officers to enable him to deal with the repercussions of Brexit.

George Hamilton welcomed the announcement on Wednesday and said the money would allow additional officers and staff to be recruited.

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The Secretary of State Karen Bradley said the funding would will help to control pressures and reflect ‘the specific and unique concerns in Northern Ireland.’

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The Treasury announced over £2 billion had been allocated to more than 25 departments and arms-length bodies to help plan for an EU exit.

Welcoming confirmation of the additional ‘Brexit’ funding for the PSNI, Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said: “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.”