Retraining to go back on the beat; POLICING.
POLICE officers being pulled off desk duties to go back on the beat are being given intensive retraining, it emerged last night.
Six hundred are being redeployed from office jobs to street patrols as Chief Constable Matt Baggott tries to get more officers doing frontline duties.
He said: "Speedier justice will increase public confidence."
His senior management team is carrying out a postby-post review before transfering more officers away from office duties.
It is understood officers will face a five-week "refresher course", including firearms training, before heading back on to the streets.
Yesterday the move was welcomed by Policing Board members.
The DUP's Ian Paisley Jnr said it would stop officers being "stifled by red tape".
FRONTLINE Matt Baggott