Police constable recruitment gets underway

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013
The Police Service of Northern Ireland have today (Thursday 19th September) launched a new recruitment campaign, initially for 100 new constables. It is almost three and a half years since the last recruitment campaign. Arrangements are currently being put in place to maximise police recruitment, with the potential of appointing up to a maximum of 378 additional officers within 2014/15, if and when additional funds are made available. Welcoming the recruitment campaign, Deputy Chief Constable, Judith Gillespie explained, “Becoming a police officer is a challenging and rewarding career, but it is not just a job, it is a vocation. “Policing with the Community is at the very centre of everything we do as a police service and I encourage people from all sections of the community to consider applying. “The officers appointed will work directly with and make a very positive contribution to communities across Northern Ireland, so it is vitally important that these officers are fully representative of the communities they will be working in. “Successful applicants will attend the Police College, Garnerville for an initial 21 weeks of intensive training which will include practical and operational policing skills, to ensure they are mentally and physically equipped to perform the important role of police constable.” As part of the focused campaign to recruit, a series of familiarisation sessions will take place across Northern Ireland including Fermanagh, Londonderry/Derry, Tyrone and the Greater Belfast area. The familiarisation events are aimed at promoting awareness among and encouraging applications from under-represented groups, in particular: • Young people – reflecting the need to address the age profile of the organisation, which is increasing as a result of no recruitment for more than three years. • People from Fermanagh, Tyrone and Londonderry/Derry – increasing applicant flow from these areas will allow greater flexibility in the allocation of police resources, and better resilience for local community policing. • Members from the Catholic community – The Police Service of Northern Ireland is ready and willing to work in partnership with local politicians and community leaders, to build on the progress towards a truly representative workforce. • People from areas of social deprivation – in an effort to increase the traditionally low response rates in previous recruitment campaigns. The recruitment advertisements will be placed on both traditional media outlets and on social media channels. All applicants are required to have 5 x GCSEs (at grades A* – C) or equivalent, and a recognised IT qualification. For more information please log onto www.joinpsni.co.uk
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