“It`s not an easy job”

The Press Association have picked up the latest figures released by the NIO, and the relevant minister Paul Goggins, on new recruits to the PSNI. The SDLP’s Alex Atwood is quoted as saying “The figures remain very encouraging and very strong” and also warning against relaxing the 50:50 recruitment policy. For the record, the latest recruitment campaign saw 7,691 applications for 220 places with 37% of the applicants identifying themselves as Catholic. “In 1998 when Patten conducted his investigation, only 8.3% of regular officers were from the Catholic community. Today that figure stands at 20.05%.”From the NIO statement:

Notes to editors:

This will be the 44th passing-out ceremony for the PSNI. The ceremony saw the number of new recruits pass the 2000 mark.

Overall there have been in excess of 65,000 applications to join the PSNI. The latest campaign (10) has seen the highest number of applications yet, with 7,691 applications competing for 220 places. 37% of these applications were from the Catholic community which is the highest rate to date. In 1998 when Patten conducted his investigation, only 8.3% of regular officers were from the Catholic community. Today that figure stands at 20.05%.

To date almost 75% of the Patten recommendations have been fully implemented.