Following the first paramilitary ceasefire in 1994 there was recognition that more stable social and political circumstances in Northern Ireland may necessitate a reduction in the size of the police service. This led to consideration of how best to respond to the needs of officers leaving the service. Experience indicated that former police officers had difficulties in accessing careers and training advice, and a number carried psychological and physical problems into retirement. These considerations resulted in the formation of the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust (PRRT or the Trust) in 1996.
Funding was procured to conduct an empirical study to determine the problems the police family felt they had in making the transition to civilian life, and the solutions they perceived as necessary. The government released the first tranche of funding to operationalise the Trust in 1999, and it was subsequently included in the Northern Ireland Office’s regular spending rounds.
The Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust (PRRT) was established to help retiring police officers making the transition to civilian life, due to the reduction of the police force in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the Trust is to assist retired police officers, and those planning to leave the service, to recognise their potential, identify opportunities, set and achieve their objectives, and enjoy the optimum mental and physical wellbeing beyond policing.
Clients are enabled to achieve their objectives by accessing the following services:
The Trust’s vision is for all eligible clients to be able to identify their aptitudes and potential, develop pathways for change and set and achieve goals to secure a better future.