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Police Recruitment

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications have been received to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year since its inception. (78736)

I am advised by PSNI that the number of applications to join the Police Service in each year since its inception is set out in the following table:

Competition

Launch date

Applications

1

March 2001

7,518

2

September 2001

4,910

3

March 2002

4,674

4

September 2002

4,410

5

March 2003

6,044

6

September 2003

5,419

7

March 2004

4,977

8

September 2004

5,695

9

March 2005

6,106

10

September 2005

7,690

11

March 2006

7,861

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recruits (a) passed and (b) failed initial Police Service of Northern Ireland training in each year since its inception, broken down by (i) sex and (ii) religion; and what element of training was failed in each case of failure. (78781)

I am advised by PSNI that although it collates information in respect of the religious breakdown of the service as a whole, it is not possible to provide it for specific areas of the organisation, such as the police trainee group in the Police College. Student officers are recruited on a 50:50 basis but once in the college, details of the religious make-up of the recruits are not held.

The number of recruits who (a) passed and (b) failed initial Police Service of Northern Ireland training in each year since its inception, broken down by (i) sex, is set out in the following table.

PassedFailed

Financial year

M

F

M

F

2001-02

164

88

2002-03

285

115

2003-04

273

188

1

2

2004-05

305

203

1

2

2005-06

223

177

2

Notes:

1. Some of 2005-06 intakes have still to complete training.

2. The figures do not include those who have resigned or have been dismissed prior to assessment.

In relation to the eight persons who failed: all six females failed the physical competency assessment (fitness assessment); one male failed on the student assessment exercises (role-playing exercises) and the other male failed on the Certificate of Policing (i.e. failed one examination required to obtain the certificate).

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland have failed on more than one occasion, broken down by (a) number of attempts, (b) sex and (c) religion. (78783)

I am advised by PSNI that it does not collate this information in terms of (b) sex and (c) religion, and therefore cannot provide this information without incurring disproportionate cost. The following table shows how many applicants have failed on more than one occasion broken down by (a) the number of attempts.

Report of police trainees repeat applicant data

Number not providing national insurance

Applied 11 times

Applied 10 times

Applied 9 times

Applied 8 times

Applied 7 times

Applied 6 times

Campaign 2 September 2001

89

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Campaign 3 March 2002

40

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Campaign 4 September 2002

39

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Campaign 5 March 2003

52

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Campaign 6 September 2003

64

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

125

Campaign 7 March 2004

30

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

71

118

Campaign 8 September 2004

202

n/a

n/a

n/a

51

86

139

Campaign 9 March 2005

316

n/a

n/a

38

54

89

152

Campaign 10 September 2005

638

n/a

27

46

68

125

191

Campaign 11 March 2006

227

20

36

45

89

131

209

Applied 5 times

Applied 4 times

Applied 3 times

Applied 2 times

Applied once

Total applications in this campaign

Campaign 2 September 2001

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,351

3,470

4,910

Campaign 3 March 2002

n/a

n/a

633

1,113

2,888

4,674

Campaign 4 September 2002

n/a

326

533

1,061

2,451

4,410

Campaign 5 March 2003

212

347

642

1,306

3,485

6,044

Campaign 6 September 2003

189

365

586

1,244

2,846

5,419

Campaign 7 March 2004

220

307

613

1,125

2,493

4,977

Campaign 8 September 2004

219

384

644

1,233

2,737

5,695

Campaign 9 March 2005

260

417

768

1,311

2,701

6,106

Campaign 10 September 2005

305

529

850

1,508

3,403

7,690

Campaign 11 March 2006

321

561

904

1,682

3,636

7,861

Note:

C8 to C11 have a large number of missing national insurance numbers due to African/other nationality applicants.