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Police overtime costs 2m in Mid-Ulster!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

POLICE officers in Mid-Ulster have pocketed almost 2 million in overtime over the past 18 months, the Courier can reveal.

In total, since the formation of the district, a total of 1,882,816 has been claimed in overtime by officers across Mid-Ulster tasked with keeping the district safe over and above their contracted hours.

This means that on average, the district's Police force is paying out 104,600.89 on overtime a month, enough money to employ an additional 55 probationary PSNI Constables per year.

From the formation of the district in September 2015, to the end of the financial year in March 2016, the total overtime bill for Mid-Ulster Police district came to 706,962.

From April 2016 - 6th March 2017, the overtime figure for the district this year was stood at 1,175,854.

Mid-Ulster Policing District straddles two counties, from Swatragh in the north of the district to Fivemiletown in the south.

It encompasses three main towns, Dunagannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt.

The commander in charge of the district is Superintendent Mike Baird.

Speaking about the cost he said: "The PSNI constantly reviews the resources it uses to ensure that Public safety is maintained and criminal activity is effectivyl challenged.

“Additional resources can be allocated to specific areas of the business at any given time.

“Overtime budgets provide a flexible way to manage increases in demand for officers required for specific policing operations."

Communities living in Mid-Ulster are served by two Local Policing Teams (LPTs), based in Magherafelt and Dungannon Police Stations.

The PSNI state that these stations provide 24-hour cover to continue keeping people safe. These LPTs are supported by three Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) based in Cookstown, Magherafelt and Clogher Policing Stations. NPTs are mobile units deployed to areas to deal with what Police determine are "critical issues".

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