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    On Sat Sep 8th 2018

  • About NIVA

    Welcome to the website of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association (NIVA).

      NIVA is an internet based association (registered with COBSEO) with forum users and members all over the UK and abroad. Primarily for veterans of the Op Banner campaign from 1969 to 2007, be they ex or serving members of the UK armed forces, PSNI, NI fire/ambulance or prison services, we also particularly welcome relatives of the fallen.

      To register on the site as a forum user only, please **Click Here**. NB - for security reasons all applications are vetted and once admitted, permitted access to the open parts of the website/forum only. This is absolutely free to use.

    To join as a full or associate member of NIVA once registered on the forums, please follow the link in the downloads section of the site to download a membership application form which should be returned to the address shown together with payment and proof of service etc. All monies raised go towards the upkeep of the website and the organisation of NIVA's annual service of remembrance at the NMA in Alrewas. Full/associate members also gain admittance to the private areas of the website/forum where comrades can be assured of their personal security and enjoy all the banter and support you came to expect whilst serving the Crown. Additionally full members are invited to march with NIVA for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London.

      If you have any queries please contact us at:

      The Northern Ireland Veterans Association
    PO Box 584
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • English officers concern over PSNI training plan

    Groups representing police officers in England said they are concerned that their officers could be deployed in Northern Ireland if trouble flares up during the summer.
    Police officers from Yorkshire, Northumbria and Strathclyde will take part in training programmes in NI over the next few months.

    They will be instructed by the PSNI on how to deal with public disorder.
    It is part of an exchange programme between police forces in the UK.
    But police federations in Yorkshire say they do not want their officers to become a back-up force for emergencies here.
    Bob Pitt is chairman of the South Yorkshire Police Federation.
    "Obviously our concern is for PSNI officers in the first instance, they're the ones who are currently facing targeted violence and quite clearly, we've got concerns for our own members on a similar footing.
    "It's important for us to separate the proposal as being one of training, as opposed to operational deployment, so whether there's a similar degree of threat that officers would face simply coming across to enjoy the training facilities in NI is a different kettle of fish altogether."
    Mr Pitt said the UK's geographical closeness could not be used as a "panacea".
    "It can't be something that you can rely on if things flare up in NI and need to be dealt with in the way that the PSNI currently deal with them," he said.

    In a statement, the PSNI said:"It is acknowledged that the PSNI have led the way in developing a human rights-based approach to policing and also in negotiating with protest organisers.
    "As part of an ongoing process, units from Yorkshire, Strathclyde and Northumbria will be training with PSNI units over the next few months to develop skills, experience and knowledge.
    "In turn, PSNI officers will assist colleagues in Northumbria and Strathclyde in policing potential public order situations."