“We are on course to reach this target by 2010/2011..”

The NIO minister with responsibility for policing, Paul Goggins, MP, has told Parliament that the proportion of Catholic officers in the full time PSNI has increased from 8.3% in 1998 to 23.71% in February 2008. And the statement goes on to say, on the 50:50 recruitment policy renewed in March 2007

“The St Andrews Agreement makes it clear that the temporary 50:50 recruitment arrangements to the PSNI will lapse when the Government’s target of 30% Catholic officers has been achieved. We are on course to reach this target by 2010/2011.”

From the Notes to editors

During the Lords consideration of the Renewal Order in March 2007 Lord Rooker undertook to return to the House on an annual basis and report on the progress towards achieving the target 30% Catholic composition.

In a post devolution scenario it is the Government’s view that responsibility for the 50:50 recruitment policy would not transfer to the NI Minister with responsibility for policing unless the Assembly’s vote requesting the devolution of policing specifically included a request for these temporary provisions.

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  • George

    DUP agree to devolved justice if they get to be able to remove the Catholic police officer policy in return?

  • Pete Baker

    I seriously doubt it, George.

    Of more interest is the intent to drop 50:50 recruitment when the levels reach 30% – now predicted for 2010/2011.

  • slug

    “DUP agree to devolved justice if they get to be able to remove the Catholic police officer policy in return?”

    That would be stupid as this policy is due to be removed in 2010 anyway.

  • slug

    I suspect that DUP will hold to the idea that devolution of policing and justice depends on “confidence in the community”; it should be obvious what this is code for.

  • Truth & Justice

    To be fair to the DUP they got a good result on this one.

  • George

    Pete,
    “Of more interest is the intent to drop 50:50 recruitment when the levels reach 30% – now predicted for 2010/2011.”

    I just checked up Patten and it recommended the 50:50 recruitment should continue “for at least 10 years”.

    I assume 2011 would fit that time frame.

  • Jo

    Any recent survey info on attitudes to the PSNI?

    I’d be interested if increased nationalist confidence would be counter balanced by a reduction of unionist support based on a perception of *political correctness*.

    I suspect that the latter criticism is confined to the margins given the historical attitude and inclination of the latter community to support law and order.

    However, if the police were and are(as has been oft claimed) seen by unionists as *ours* any reduction in support co-incident with increased Catholic participation in the PSNI could serve to support the claim.

  • T.Ruth

    Perhaps now its time to stop discrimination against Protestants.What about those who are always on about equality legislation. It doesn’t apply to Protestants apparently.
    A great deal will have to happen before the DUP supports Stormont recovering the P and J powers.
    PSNI properly resourced. Regeneration package to develop our ageing infrastructure. IRA to morph or disband. More tangible support for Law and Order from SF. Loyal Order parades to be respected and Orange Halls cease to be the subject of hate attacks.Most Unionists would be happy to have these Pand J powers transferred but the reponsibility lies with the Republican community to create the conditions to give Unionists confidence in the process.
    T.Ruth

  • Adacentatheist

    Surely it is better for the community as a whole to have Taigs inside the PSNI tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in?