Belfast Telegraph

PSNI launch recruitment drive for 400 officers

Successful applicants have to go through a 23-week training camp.
Successful applicants have to go through a 23-week training camp.

The PSNI launched a new recruitment drive to boost numbers by around 400.

Last October a campaign resulted in almost 7,700 people bidding to join the beat with the force - almost exactly 1,000 more than the current number of officers among the PSNI's ranks.

Monday saw the beginning of a targeted advertising campaign.

Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said it was a "wonderful opportunity" and while it was no doubt challenging it was a very rewarding career.

He said since the process went live there had already been applications made.

"I would encourage anyone who has ever considered a career in policing, or if you want to make a difference to your community, then log onto our website to find out more details," he said.

Successful applicants go on to complete a 23-week training programme at the PSNI's Garnerville college.

“The role of a police officer is varied; every day is different and officers find themselves in a variety of situations as they work to keep people safe, working alongside various voluntary and statutory organisations and individuals to protect communities and the people that live there.

“One day you could be in a patrol car as part of your neighbourhood policing duties, and the next day you could be required at court for a case where you have had involvement.

“No two days are ever the same in policing.

“You will be trained to use a range of technology to carry out your job and keep people safe, and to prevent and detect crime."

The PSNI said it was dedicated to be representative of the entire Northern Ireland community, welcoming applications from all sections.

DCC Martin added: “There is no doubt that being a police officer is a challenging career, but it is also a rewarding career.”

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday, October 19.

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