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Policing United Ireland
#1
I know this is long way off in my mind but how could you change policing in north?

Fleet would cost a bomb with differing types of cars needed in north

Armed members always patrol

Any thoughts?


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#2
Well


We cant sort enough members or proper resources for the 26 counties we have....

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#3
There are presumptions that come to light regularly regarding current policing in N Ireland. Contrary to common belief, the majority of patrol vehicles (Land Rovers affectionately known as "Tangi's" being the exception) are soft skinned, not armoured and this has been case since before 2008 (I did original 8 week Patten Programme secondment to Traffic in Maydown) they use a lot of UK spec astras & octavia for standard patrol with, now here is where they are better equipped, 3l passats r22 golf skoda superb awd & Audi a6 avant awd. Still soft skinned though. (the land rovers or Tangi's were so heavy & so good that they all had various changes of engine over theur years of service) They have a VIP protection detail who are equipped with hi spec Range Rovers amongst other vehicles which are armoured to Russian billionaires standards. I recall a time when Brian Cowen was Taoiseach & was visiting N Ireland when my late colleague Garda Gary McLoughlin R. I. P. was killed in December 2009. He was coming to Buncrana to sign book of condolence & we were assigned, along with D Branch to collect him at the border. The PSNI convoy of Range Rovers arrived to be met by a 2007 marked traffic mondeo & a "borrowed" unmarked mondeo from Letterkenny. It was almost comical to see Biffo trying to squeeze into the back seat of a mondeo. Such a contrast lap of luxury for his journey from Stormont to Bridgend & bog standard from his own for such a sombre reason. Still, like all oIrish politicians before & after him, the lesson was not learnt & we are still the poor relations!

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