The 50 Police Service of Northern Ireland students caught cheating in June of this year should have been sacked on the spot. It has now become clear that they are, in fact, being retained - at a cost of £500,000.
No matter what training they have now received, or continue to receive, their service record will show that they were involved in cheating in an exam.
The character of these cheats will always be called into question - whether they are giving evidence, or recording a statement - and will do serious damage to the service in the eyes of the public.
The Chief Constable is wrong and he should have listened to the Policing Board, who are right on this occasion, with many members believing, as myself, that they should have been sacked and more worthy students appointed to take their places.
Castlederg, Co Tyrone