06/06/2003

Policing Board discusses new Training College

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has discussed the sighting of the new Police Training College at its monthly meeting yesterday.

Members were informed that following a recent meeting of the Police Training College Project Board, the body responsible for the day-to-day development of the new College, that the PSNI were going to extend its search for a new site for the new College.

Commenting on the news, the Chairman of the Policing Board’s Working Group on the Police Training College, independent board member Barry Gilligan said: “The Board sees the Training College as one of the cornerstones of the new police service and I welcome the decision to extend the search for a site for the College.

“The Policing Board has a statutory responsibility to consider the education, training, and development requirements of police officers and police support staff and in recent months both the Policing Board and PSNI have received numerous letters and approaches regarding the sighting of the College from right across Northern Ireland. As a result of that widespread interest, I understand that PSNI will be launching a new advertising campaign shortly."

Mr Gilligan added that the Board hoped that the extension to the tendering process would not seriously impact on the development schedule that is to have the new college up and running by the target date of 2007.

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