The BBC are predicting that the Secretary of State for Wales, etc, Peter Hain will use an international policing conference, at the Waterfront Hall tomorrow, to announce that the British Government is to fully fund the long-delayed Policing College, identified as an outstanding issue in December last year in the 18th report of the Policing Oversight Commissioner.. although it is now predicted to be an integrated college for use by the PSNI, the fire and rescue service and the prison service.Unlike the BBC, however, who suggest
“Such an announcement would avoid questions about why the government has delayed a project that the police say is essential for future training needs.”
I’d argue that it does no such thing. The questions over the delay, by government, remain to be answered.
Although even the BBC’s prediction is for a provisional announcement..
An integrated college is not what the Policing Board had originally planned, but government sources have said it will be state-of-the art and among the best of its kind in Europe.
After more than three years of waiting, the board is likely to give the announcement a warm welcome.
The project still needs final approval from the Treasury – but discussions have already taken place and Mr Hain is believed to be expecting a positive response. [added emphasis]
If he gets it, work could finally start next year.