Belfast Telegraph

5,500 apply to join the PSNI

65% Protestant and 65% male apply for at least 100 positions

The PSNI has revealed that 5,500 people have applied to join its ranks.

The service revealed that 65% of those applications were from the Protestant community, while 64% of all applicants were male.

Ahead of the recruitment campaign, police said there were at least 100 positions available.

The closing date for applications to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland was Friday, October 23.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “We received a total of 5,498 applications to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

“I am greatly encouraged that in a period of just four weeks we have had so many people show that they are prepared to step up to the challenge of a career in policing within the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

“Each of the applicants has now started their journey through a rigorous and challenging process, which has been developed to ensure that the very best candidates will go forward to be offered a place on the training programme.

“Successful applicants will be invited to complete the 22 weeks of intensive training at the Police Training College which will include practical and operational policing skills, to ensure they are mentally and physically equipped to perform the important role of police officer.”

Successful applicants will begin training in the summer 2016.

Breakdown of applicants:

Protestant:              3,590            65.30%

Catholic:                 1,749            31.81%

Undetermined:         159              2.89%

Male:                      3,537            64.33%

Female:                  1,961            35.67%

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