Justice Minister David Ford has set up a new fund to support former part time police reservists and their dependants.
This new fund is in addition to the individual gratuities made available to former part-time officers from the funds made available by the Government on the devolution of justice.
David Ford said; “I am pleased to announce the setting up of a new fund to support former part time reservists, their dependants and the surviving partners of past members. These are people who have served Northern Ireland well and the new support programme will help those most in need.
“The fund, totalling £383,000, will be disbursed by charities within the policing family. My Department is currently developing the programme and arrangements for distribution of the funds. I hope that the first awards can be made in this financial year.”