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Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to encourage recruitment of young people from a Protestant background in inner city areas of Northern Ireland into the Police Service of Northern Ireland. (208234)

As recommended by the Report of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, each Police Service of Northern Ireland recruitment campaign is advertised imaginatively and extensively through newspapers and the internet. This advertising is aimed at all parts of the community in Northern Ireland and covers both urban and rural areas.

The PSNI also attend a wide range of careers fairs and recruitment events in schools, colleges and communities across Northern Ireland.

Recruitment processes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they meet operational needs.