||<p>In accordance with its normal policy, the Department funds the provision of legal
advice to current or former Service personnel whose conduct in the course of their
duties in Northern Ireland is being investigated by the police with a view to possible
prosecution. This support includes the services of a barrister wherever necessary.
The support will be available from the point at which the individual is notified that
the police wish to interview him or her as a suspect, which will of course be before
any charge, and will continue until the determination of the proceedings. In addition,
the Department works closely with Regimental Associations and other Service and veterans'
welfare organisations to ensure the provision of appropriate pastoral support.</p>