Federation fights to keep Police Reserve

Published Wednesday, 28 October 2009
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The Police Federation has postponed its court action as it engages in talks with the Chief Constable in a bid to save the jobs of the Police Reserve.

The officers, who are full-time members of the PSNI, had brought a High Court action challenging the previous Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde over his failure to consult over plans that could see them phased out by March 2011.

But a judicial review due to be heard in November has been adjourned after the court was told that the Police Federation, which represents the officers, is involved in discussions with the new Chief Constable Matt Baggott.

The case was put in for mention only on November 26th, the date set for the judicial review hearing, after leave for the review was granted in September.

The Federation's lawyer Peter Coll argued that the announcement last June amounted to a fresh decision even though police chiefs previously declared the reservists were to go.

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