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Northern Ireland's Protestant-dominated police force will be restyled, severely cut and 30 percent Catholic in 10 years if the province accepts a review of the force published Thursday.

But Protestant politicians and the main police union sharply criticized one of its main recommendations that the name be changed from Royal Ulster Constabulary to Northern Ireland Police Service to remove the reference to the British monarchy.

Protestant and Ulster Unionist Party boss David Trimble slammed that proposal and the plan to remove the crown from the badge and lower the British "union" flag from police stations.

"We are deeply offended at the gratuitous insult to the community with regard to the name, the flag and the badge," he said of the findings of an eight-person commission led by Chris Patten, Britain's last governor of Hong Kong.

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