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2014 Police & Justice Conference
26 June 2014

The changes to the probation service that took effect on 1 June 2014 are yet another example of the condem government dismantling and privatising public services.

We believe the changes were not necessary, and that they will ultimately prove to have been a disastrous and costly move. They are quite likely to place the users of the service and the public at risk.

Already, probation members are reporting matters that evidence that the changes have not been thought through .

Undoubtedly, if asked to comment the government, the National Probation Service (NPS) and the privatised Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) will say that everything is ok.

This motion calls upon the Service Group Executive to undertake the necessary work to gather information from branches that can be used to support campaign work and to refute any claim by the government, NPS or CRCs that the new system is without flaws.