Personnel must carry firearms and be given better pay and training, say Fed officials.
There are concerns that personnel are not being sufficiently paid for their duty, that training is inadequate and that they are not properly equipped to deal with the environment.
Now Fed officials have said personnel must carry firearms for personal protection in the same way as their colleagues in the province and a better remuneration package must be created as a potential deployment looms during the parading season.
On July 12 last year, mutual aid was required from England, Wales and Scotland after a contentious parade descended into serious disorder in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.
Officers deployed in the face of the violence had all been given a two-day training package in PSNI tactics and equipment for a previous deployment at the G8 summit.
However, staff association officials have warned that this must now be beefed up if mutual aid becomes more frequent occurrence â€“ and safety must be the prime concern.
Terry Spence, Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, said in his speech to the organisationâ€™s annual conference that mutual aid was not a long-term solution to the provinceâ€™s problems â€“ and better resourcing of the PSNI was needed.
Describing mutual aid as â€œa sticking plaster to cover very obvious gaps in resourcesâ€, he added: â€œWe continue to have major concerns regarding the training of officers and the fact that those deployed here are not routinely armed.
â€œDue to the severe terrorist threat, they also find themselves confirmed to quarters. In effect, they remain on duty but they are not properly compensated for this restriction or denial of free time.
â€œThey are being short-changed and, in our view, taken for granted â€“ we intend to make every effort to ensure that these issues are raised again with the appropriate authorities.â€
Rick Nelson, who leads on mutual aid for the Police Federation of England and Wales, echoed the sentiment. He added: â€œI agree with everything that Terry Spence has said â€“ officers should be armed, well trained and the level of compensation must be looked at.â€
â€œWe believe that any officer deploying should carry a weapon for personal protection.
â€œFor me it is difficult to understand a situation where you are standing alongside somebody who is armed â€“ because that is what the situation requires â€“ and you are not.â€
From Police Oracle