10/05/2002

Second batch of PSNI trainees graduate

The second batch of police trainees recruited on a 50-50 Catholic-Protestant basis into the Police Service of Northern Ireland graduated at a ceremony in Belfast on Friday.

At the ceremony held at Garnerville Police College, 58 new probationer constables - 20 women and 38 men - were awarded certificates in Police Studies from the University of Ulster.

Although the ceremony was considerably lower key than the first graduation last month, Policing Board Vice Chairman Denis Bradley said: “All of these new officers are equally important as they take their place in the new beginning to policing here.

“It is a very special day for each of the new police trainees and their families for today officially marks the beginning of their policing careers.”

The Policing Board also sponsored and presented a special prize for Excellence in Community Policing. The award recognises the importance of community policing within the new Service and will allow the winner to undertake a study visit to another Police Service that is recognised as having achieved a standard of excellence in working with the community.

“We are committed to ensuring that we have real community policing for the whole community,” Mr Bradley said.

“Today’s prize for Excellence in Community Policing recognises the importance of this style of policing and we will work in partnership with the PSNI and the community to help achieve this.”

(AMcE)


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