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PSNI to train new recruits as Board lifts suspension

The NI Policing Board has agreed that the PSNI can restart training new student officers.

Training of new recruits had been suspended while a review was carried out after exam cheating scandal was uncovered on in August.

More than 200 new recruits were affected by the suspension.

In a statement, the Board said that its members are satisfied that sufficient changes have now been made in the implementation of the findings and recommendations from the review to allow student officer intakes to begin again.

However, some of the improvements made need to be tested - and the Board will continue to closely monitor progress with the Chief Constable and review plans on the longer term issues from the report.

Ulster Unionist Policing Board member Ross Hussey welcomed the decision to resume police recruitment.

"The PSNI's previous student officer training programme has been greatly undermined, firstly by the cheating scandal and then by the subsequent revelations of outdated teaching practices," the MLA said.

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"I am glad that the senior leadership of the PSNI responded swiftly and has now ensured a different style of management will be in place at Garnerville. I hope that the organisation will be able to move forward from this sorry affair with a clear eye to quality recruitment processes from now on in.

"I look forward to new recruits being called forward as the pressures on existing PSNI personnel should not be underestimated."

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