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Police Service of Northern Ireland: Recruitment

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were recruited to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from each Neighbourhood Renewal area in each of the last five years. (208233)

The Chief Constable has provided the following information:

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Campaign number

C5

C6

C7

C8

C9

C10

C11

C12

C13

Total

Belfast

2

4

4

1

4

3

2

5

3

28

Londonderry

2

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

9

Other

4

8

4

3

5

8

2

3

3

40

Notes:

1. Belfast includes: Andersonstown, Crumlin/Ardoyne, Falls/Clonard, Greater Shankill, Inner North Belfast, Outer West Belfast, Rathcoole, South West Belfast, Upper Ardoyne/Ballysillan, Upper Springfield/Whiterock.

2. Londonderry includes: Outer West Derry and Waterside.

3. Other includes: Bangor, Brownlow, Coleraine Churchlands, Coleraine East, Colin, Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Limavady, Lurgan, Newry, Portadown North West.

There were no recruits from the following Neighbourhood Renewal Areas: Armagh, Ballyclare, Ballymena, Coalisland, Dungannon, Inner East Belfast, Inner South Belfast, Ligoniel, Omagh, Strabane, Tullycarnet, Triax City Side.

This analysis is based on postcode information provided at time of application (correspondence address). Not all applicants provide a valid postcode.

The PSNI tasks its recruitment agent to advertise extensively across Northern Ireland to reach all sections of the community and remains committed to a police service that represents all communities in Northern Ireland.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) mentoring or shadowing programmes and (b) pilot police cadet schemes as methods of increasing recruitment of young people from a Protestant background in inner city areas of Northern Ireland into the Police Service of Northern Ireland. (208235)

The Chief Constable has advised that the Police Service organises work experience schemes to promote an understanding of careers in policing. These schemes are not reviewed in order to specifically identify whether they are effective in attracting young people from a Protestant background in inner city areas of Northern Ireland.

There is no pilot police cadet scheme.

The PSNI tasks its recruitment agent to advertise extensively across Northern Ireland to reach all sections of the community and remains committed to a police service that represents all communities in Northern Ireland.