PSNI launches recruitment campaign

Published Wednesday, 28 May 2014
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The PSNI has launched a recruitment campaign for new police officers.

PSNI launches recruitment campaign
The service is looking for new police officers. (© UTV)

The campaign follows on from a successful drive last year which saw over 7,500 people apply for just 100 positions.

Subject to financial approval, 378 officers are being recruited this time around.

Successful applicants can expect £23,000 starting salary when they begin their training and £26,000 when they hit the beat.

A series of events has been organised to demonstrate to people the demands of the jobs and what the PSNI is looking for in its officers and the application process which includes the fitness expected of potential applicants.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said the number of applicants in the previous campaign was a testament to the enthusiasm that exists in Northern Ireland for public service.

He said: "As someone who has seen firsthand the experiences and rewards that come with serving the community I am strongly encouraged by the interest we had in last year's campaign and look forward to seeing more applicants apply in this next phase.

"There is no question that the recruitment process is rigorous, however, it has been developed to ensure that the very best candidates will go forward to be offered a place on the training programme.

"I would strongly encourage anyone who has thought about joining the Police Service of Northern Ireland to come along and find out how rewarding a career it can be."

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4 Comments
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (148 days ago):
Will the recruitment policy change any or will the PSNI still be recruiting only from the middle and upper classes to serve in the military wing of a one sided upper class establishment?
richivibe in Belfast wrote (148 days ago):
Would be great to see more people from the ethnic minority background joining the police.
JJ in Belfast wrote (148 days ago):
Yes retire the old RUC officers who still act like they are a law onto themselves.
Gayle V in Antrim wrote (148 days ago):
Lets hope they take on more protestants this time. A few of my friends applied with impecible qualifications and experience in the middle east training other police forces. Never even got a look in.
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