Shortage Of Flak Vests For PSNI Officers.

#1
Beyond a joke,after the events of the past few weeks you'd have thought that NI is one place where the is'nt a shortage!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7952823.stm

Police officers have raised concerns about a shortage of flak jackets, amid heightened security following three murders earlier this month.

In emails obtained by the BBC, officers in one district were told small-sized body armour supplies were "exhausted".

"If you are in possession of small armour and are on duties in the district where armour is not required, return it," officers were told.

The PSNI said the safety of all police officers was "of paramount importance".

Another email said there was no concealed armour in stock.

In the email from a police facility which deals with equipment supplies, it said Weapon Control had been receiving many inquiries about ballistic body armour for stations and personnel use.

Officers were given instructions on how to alter existing stab vests to make them bullet-proof.


There is obviously a heightened sense of risk, but the long-term future is not for us to be going back where we've got police officers in flak jackets on every corner
Basil McCrea
UUP Policing Board member
However, it is understood that modified stab vests will only stop a bullet from a pistol but not from guns such as rifles.

The PSNI said in a statement that all appropriate measures had been taken to ensure officers are adequately protected.

"Ballistic body armour is available in all stations for use by officers as required.

"At this time, further supplies of ballistic body armour are being supplied to address issues around the availability of some sizes."

In a statement, the Police Federation said that they would be addressing these issues with the chief constable as a matter of urgency.

Budget

DUP Policing Board member Ian Paisley Jnr said it was "worrying that any officer would feel they are inadequately equipped".

"If they feel that equipment is either not available or not up to the job, that is something that we take very seriously," he said.

"I wouldn't want people to be worried that the police is not adequately equipped. We do have a large budget, we are trying to spend it appropriately and a number of these matters are purely operational."

Ulster Unionist Policing Board member Basil McCrea said any equipment shortages "to do whatever is necessary in the short-term" were not due to a lack of funding.

"There is obviously a heightened sense of risk, but the long-term future is not for us to be going back where we've got police officers in flak jackets on every corner - you can't live life like that and it's not normality."
 
#3
Now they know what its like to be in our shoes , maybe they,ll stop whinging about pay and holding protests etc etc etc
 
#4
kc1982kc said:
Now they know what its like to be in our shoes , maybe they,ll stop whinging about pay and holding protests etc etc etc
I and those I work with have a fair idea what it's like "to be in your shoes". That is, if you are referring to the possibility of ending a days duty maimed or murdered. I don't think the issue of appropriate ballistic body armour is an unreasonable request. Especially given the recent incidents on this side of the water. As for the osprey idea. Something not too far from it will be rolled out as personal issue here for certain roles/tasks. Having it this time next year is no good for those who may need it now. Find it hard to believe though that from a force of almost 13,500 nine years ago, we've apparently not got enough flakkers for just over half that number now.
 
#5
foggy_balla said:
Find it hard to believe though that from a force of almost 13,500 nine years ago, we've apparently not got enough flakkers for just over half that number now.
Based on the amount of former police kit you can get on ebay I would bet that a lot of them were sold off.
 
#6
LEGZ30 said:
foggy_balla said:
Find it hard to believe though that from a force of almost 13,500 nine years ago, we've apparently not got enough flakkers for just over half that number now.
Based on the amount of former police kit you can get on ebay I would bet that a lot of them were sold off.
No doubt. However I doubt that over five thousand of the things have been filtered out through ebay! Current Inspector is gathering up several dozen of the spares we have lying in our armoury to send back. Problem would be solved if each station area had a civvy responsible for the storage and issue of such items. Oh wait...
 
#7
It wasn,t a dig at the blokes on the ground foggy , as i know a few guys who crossed over to the dark side so to speak , it was intented for the police federation and tree hugging types who have failed yourselfs by putting all there efforts and your resources into hair brain schemes which has brought a large well equipted organisation to the position it is at now , even considering the constant targeting , attacks and possible attacks that have been thwarted by yourselfs ever since normalisation ( well acording to the press and cheque writers anyway ) .
 

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