20/02/2004

Security Minister welcomes police training college decision

Security Minister Jane Kennedy has welcomed the Policing Board's decision to locate the new police training college in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

The new centre will built on a 210-acre site beside a food science centre at Desertcreat on the outskirts of the town and is expected to open in 2007 at a projected cost of about £80m. It replaces the current facilities at Garnerville in Holywood, Co Down.

The Minister said the decision was an important milestone along the way to fulfilling the rcommendation of the Patten Report.

"PSNI officers deserve nothing but the best to meet the demands and pressures of modern day policing and a new purpose-built police college will provide future recruits with the most up-to-date facilities to study and train," she said.

Welcoming the decision, Policing Board Chairman, Professor Desmond Rea added: “The approval of the site is a critical step on the road to making the Police College vision a working reality.

"It was the Board’s job today to consider the recommendations presented by the Police College Project Board and decide if the Desertcreat site was most suitable for delivering a 21st Century police training facility capable of meeting the needs of a 21st Century police service.”

A proposal for the new location was endorsed after the Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton, put it to a full meeting of the Policing Board in Belfast.

(MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 February 2003
New police training college gets go ahead
The Northern Ireland Policing Board has set in motion plans to introduce a new police training college for the PSNI by 2007. The college has been advocated for months by PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde who said that the move was essential if Northern Ireland were to develop a world-renowned police force.
17 January 2019
DUP Urge PM To Strike New Deal In 'Useful Discussion'
DUP leader Arlene Foster has described her meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding the Government's Brexit strategy as a "useful discussion".
29 January 2003
Police training college a step nearer
The PSNI today took the first step towards establishing a site for a new Police Training College. An advertisement placed seeking tenders for possible sites has invited expressions of interest for the provision of an 80-90 acre site within a 30-mile radius of Belfast.
04 September 2007
NI Policing Board Seeks Custody Visitors
The Northern Ireland Policing Board has launched a campaign to recruit Custody Visitors to join the Board’s Custody Visiting Scheme. The volunteer scheme, which operates throughout Northern Ireland, is a means of monitoring how people who are held in police custody are treated.
06 June 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.
02 April 2002
PSNI Chief Constable Sir Ronnie bows out
The man who has come to represent the public face of the police service, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, has officially retired as the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland’s new police service. Sir Ronnie Flanagan, 50, has been a police officer for three decades - effectively the lifespan of the present conflict in Northern Ireland.
13 December 2001
Police Service of NI badge unveiled
A new badge for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has been unveiled. The emblem, which was unanimously chosen by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, features a Saint Patrick's Cross surrounded by one symbol each of a harp, crown, shamrock, laurel leaf, torch and scales of justice.
21 August 2001
Reid calls on parties to sign up to policing plan
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Dr John Reid has expressed confidence that the cross community policing board to oversee the new police service will be set up by the end of September.
14 December 2018
Police Disciplined Over Coleraine Pub Fight
PSNI failings compromised an investigation into off-duty police officers involved in a fight with members of the public, the Police Ombudsman has found.
04 July 2002
Defunct prison could be new PSNI training centre
The Policing Board has decided that one of Northern Ireland’s most notorious prisons could form the ideal location for a new state of the art training facility for PSNI recruits. At its monthly meeting Board Members considered the key criteria for such a police college would be met by acquiring the 270-acre Maze Prison site in County Antrim.
19 November 2010
Policing Board To Also Monitor Collusion
A special committee has been established within Northern Ireland's police oversight body to monitor an often-controversial investigation into alleged collusion.
06 June 2007
Orde says 'No' to unarmed police force
At the first Policing Board meeting involving Sinn Fein, the PSNI Chief Constable was challenged today by Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey to say when an unarmed police force would patrol in Northern Ireland.
20 November 2003
DPPs tour PSNI Training College
The Police Service College opened its doors to members of District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) today to showcase the vital police work carried out by a number of police departments.
20 November 2002
Policing Board scores well but public lack information
A survey published on the public's perception of the Policing Board has shown that the Board have scored well, but that some of the recent high-profile changes made under the Patton recommendations have fared less well. The area of District Policing Partnerships in particular proved puzzling to those polled.
25 July 2006
Policing Board publishes Fifth Annual Report
The Northern Ireland Policing Board has today published its Fifth Annual Report, which contains an overview of the work of the Board and an assessment of police performance during the period from April 1 2005 – March 31 2006.