PSNI to hand back PS14m underspend.
Byline: MICHAEL MCHUGH
MILLIONS of pounds of PSNI cash being handed back due to an underspend would build and run two stations, the officers' body said yesterday.
Police Federation chairman Mark Lindsay said it was farcical and nonsensical that an under-resourced and cash-strapped PSNI may have to return PS14million it doesn't spend because of inflexible financial rules.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris Money blamed the huge underspend on uncertainty brought about by "huge cuts".
Mr Lindsay added: "Handing back millions of pounds when the cupboard's bare doesn't make sense.
"There's a lack of commonsense here that is frankly staggering. If the system is at fault, then fix it and do so before it's too late.
"An urgent re-think of the rules is needed to ensure the service is not sold short.
"We should have the ability to carry forward any underspend. The PSNI is the only UK police service governed in this manner."