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Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 10:25 GMT
RUC plan at a glance
The government's revised plan to complete the reform of the Royal Ulster Constabulary is a long and complicated document.

While most of its measures are already known - and many are already being implemented under the previous scheme - it includes a number of key changes to complete reform:

  • Policing Board to meet in October to make appointments to the District Policing Partnerships

  • Oversight Commissioner (responsible for monitoring reform) to conduct a review of reforms starting in March 2002 and published in October 2002.

  • The new name of Police Service of Northern Ireland to come into force with the passing out of the first new recruits

  • New badge, symbols and flags to be decided by the government after consultation with the new policing board.

  • Government to reconsider the disqualification from district policing partnerships of people with serious convictions.

  • Phasing out of the Full-time reserve as "the prevailing security situation and policing requirements allow"

  • Increase size of the Part-time reserve to 2,500

  • Gough Holding Centre to close in September

  • Amended legislation, following a review, to clarify that policing with the community is to be a core function.

  • Special branch will be cut by 50% by September 2001 as units are merged with wider police force.

  • Planned amendments to provide for the Chief Constable to "take account" of the policing plan drawn up by the policing board

  • Government to change the wording regarding the circumstances under which a chief constable can appeal a demand from the policing board to report on the actions of the force

  • Number of members of the board required to sanction an inquiry reduced to eight - less than a majority of the 19 members.

  • Government to change the powers of the Ombudsman so that he or she "investigates" police policies and practices rather than "reports" on them.

  • Devolution of responsibility for policing to take place "as soon as practicable", subject to completion of reforms to police and criminal justice system.

  • Functions of the Belfast district partnerships to be considered further as part of the review

  • New recruits to the police service will not be trained in the use of plastic baton rounds for first two years. Research programme to find a suitable replacement for the weapon continuing and will be subject to scrutiny by the Oversight Commissioner.
  • Read BBC News Online's full special report on policing reform in Northern Ireland

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