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Perhaps the following queries put to the Policing Board for Northern Ireland, the PSNI watchdog, have had an effect:
"Further to our conversation of September 2, 2010, I'd like PBNI, in its scrutiny role, to address the following issues:
1. The Patten Establishment figures were removed from PSNI monthly manpower statistics in December 2009. Why was this done? Can the figures be restored as they are a useful indicator of deficits in certain ranks.
2. The monthly manpower statistics have not been upgraded since May 1, 2010. Is the failure to maintain updated records not a breach of the ICO Model Publication Scheme?
3. Should student officer numbers be included in the total of regular officers or should they be listed underneath this total?"