Over the past few months on the Slugger O'Toole website and elsewhere I've drawn attention to the surfeit of senior officers in the ranks of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and a significant deficit of constables at a time when further moves have been made to dispense with the Full Time Reserve.
Comparisons can be made by rank against the overall Patten figure of 7500 full time officers, broken down by rank to give Established figures. These Established figures have been 'dropped' from the current January statistics. Why? Have they become an embarrassment? Also, why are student numbers included in the full time officer numbers?
Does the new Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, agree or disagree with the statistics provided by the PSNI? Has he played any part in the removal of the Established figures?
Does the Policing Board have a view on the removal of the Established figures* from the monthly statistics or on any of the other points raised in this blog?
[* this link contains Established figures]