Extra G8 training needed for GB officers

Published Wednesday, 20 February 2013
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Police officers from Great Britain being deployed to Northern Ireland for the G8 summit of world leaders will require additional training to work in the region, it has been confirmed.

Extra G8 training needed for GB officers
The Lough Erne resort in Co Fermanagh. (© Getty)

The UK's police federations met on Monday to discuss the deployment requirements of the forthcoming summit, which will take place in Co Fermanagh in June.

The Northern Ireland Strategic Lead for Mutual Aid, the Police Federation for England & Wales, the Scottish Police Federation and the Police Federation for Northern Ireland were all in attendance.

The 39th yearly summit of world leaders will take place at the Lough Erne golf resort outside Enniskillen on 17 and 18 June. The decision was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron last November.

A massive security operation will be required when heads of the world's eight richest economies - including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin - descend upon the five-star hotel for the summit.

The state of the world economy is expected to be the main focus of the annual meet.

The police federations issued a joint statement on Wednesday.

It stated: "The meeting was constructive and went someway to providing assurances required by the Staff Associations. It is fair to state that further clarity is required and this will be sought during future proposed engagement involving both the P.S.N.I. and A.C.P.O. P.O.P.S. [Association of Chief Police Officers Public Order and Public Safety.]

"Proper Risk Assessments need to be prepared and this work is in hand.

"Officers volunteering from GB will require additional training and this is construed as beneficial to officer protection when deployed in Northern Ireland," it continued.

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mike in Lurgan in Lurgan wrote (554 days ago):
This just shows how damaging and dangerous it was to have an Englishman IE Patton do away with the most experienced Police Officers in dealing with such events .Now they are admitting the PSNI do not have the resources to deal with what is a one off situation yet had the PSNI(RUC) BEEN allowed to retain its most experienced officers this drafting in of others police who may I add will not have the same deep level of understanding of the local area or its people is now being done Disgraceful and potentially dangerous.Copy to RTE BBC NI ALJEZZERA NEWSLETTER Belfast Telegraph just in case its not printed.
John in Liverpool wrote (554 days ago):
Gazza, truth hurts eh.... These people look stupid and you know it. And no i am not a Liverpudlian or a nationalist, typical NI to quick to judge..... Ridiculous bunch in a minority. Laughed at.
Gazza in Baghdad wrote (554 days ago):
John John, from Liverpool......pot calling kettle black, I hope your coming over as a British subject or are you 1 of the Liverpudlian nationalists lol
Jimbo in Belfast wrote (554 days ago):
Jond douglas, 2 royal irish regiment will be doing all inner perimeter work. All other police forces will be used for public work.
John Douglas in On Fence wrote (555 days ago):
The issue of training is being banded about by many as this big issue. Any police force sending officers to another force goes through "mutual aid" training which means they can work together. I.e. similar tactics, terminology etc. The PSNI have undertaken several mutual aid training trips including one to Millennium Stadium in Wales which cost around £78k and 1 arrest was made. The training for English officers will no doubt be Public Order L1 or L2, Threat Assessment (for their information), differences in law etc. I imagine the plan is PSNI will take outer perimeter with English TSGS only dealing with environmental protesters on outer perimeter. You may find motorcycles from English or Scottish forces as low risk. Most English/Scottish officers will do the inner perimeter and hence very low risk positions.
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