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Policing Board must broaden membership

Published 22/08/2011

It IS extremely worrying that the Policing Board has spent more than £700,000 on human rights consultants without subjecting their appointments to a tendering process, or competition (News, August 18).

This latest revelation highlights once again the need to get people with different skill-sets onto the Policing Board.

There are nine independent members on the current board, seven of whom have public-sector backgrounds and two whose backgrounds are in the voluntary sector. It's a mix which hasn't, to date, delivered efficiency, or value for money. The Policing Board recruitment process needs to reach people from a much more diverse range of professional backgrounds like the private sector and the business community.

Their skills could prove invaluable in bringing greater efficiency, professionalism and value for money to the organisation.

BILL McKENDRY

Northern Ireland Conservatives

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