Under the terms of the agreement on resources reached before the devolution of justice and policing in April and published in the Hillsborough Castle Agreement, an additional £37.4m had already been made available in 2010/11. Today’s announcement therefore brings the total allocated to the PSNI under this arrangement to £50.3m for 2010/11.
Hugo Swire said,
While funding for the PSNI is, rightly, a matter for the devolved administration the Government is committed to ensuring it has the resources available to deal with the security situation. That is why access to the Reserve is available to meet any exceptional security pressures relating to policing and justice.
I am pleased to announce today that in response to a request by Secretary of State Owen Paterson the Treasury has agreed to an additional £12.9m being made available to the PSNI. This money will help the Chief Constable counter those determined to use violence to try to bring down the peace process.
It is for the Chief Constable to judge how PSNI resources and manpower are deployed. Among other things this money will enable the upgrading and extension of an Automatic Number Plate Reader (ANPR) system similar to those that exist elsewhere in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.