Police Service of Northern Ireland manpower continues to decline well below the Patten established figures, particularly with regard to constables and reservists. ... NALIL, 5 March 2011
There appears to have been a miraculous recovery. It seems that the steady decline has not only been arrested but an additional 534 police constables have joined the ranks during the course of one month. The restoration funnily enough brings the number of full time officers back to the Patten recommended established figures. Perhaps the Patten figures can now be restored to the monthly statistics - and the belated May figures can be posted online.
Police Service of Northern Ireland - Manpower Statistics, April 2011
It seems the miraculous recovery was only a glitch. The student figures have just about vanished and the significant constable deficit is still there.