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Watchdog backs PSNI recruitment after review

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 12/11/2016

Three men have been charged with drugs offences linked to £400,000 drugs haul in mid Ulster.
Three men have been charged with drugs offences linked to £400,000 drugs haul in mid Ulster.

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has renewed its support for the resumption of PSNI recruitment.

It comes after a damning report raised concerns about "pseudo-militaristic" practices at the PSNI training college in Garnerville.

Board chairwoman Anne Connolly said that because significant progress had been made on overhauling the system, the oversight body could now support the resumption of recruitment in January.

She added: "Subject to some final details being clarified on this programme to the December 1 meeting, the board will support student officer intakes recommencing in the new year."

An internal review, led by Chief Superintendent Alan Gibson from Police Scotland, was commissioned after a cheating scandal rocked the Garnerville college in August. Reviewers likened the east Belfast facility to a military boot camp and said there was an "unhealthy leaning towards punitive discipline".

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