The PSNI are now seeking an alternative venue for a recruitment session in Derry after the owner of the hotel where it was due to take place on Saturday cancelled the event for “health and safety” reasons.
Hotel owner and Derry business man, Garvan O’Doherty, took the decision to cancel the event on Tuesday morning.
The event had been scheduled to take place on Saturday October 10 but was postponed by the PSNI until October 17.
The PSNI took the decision to postpone the event because they feared a planned Republican Network Unity (R.N.U.) had the potential to disrupt a wedding that was due to take place at the hotel at the same time.
Less than 24 hours after the PSNI postponed the event police received reports that a suspicious device had been left in the area.
After a search of the area a viable device was discovered in the grounds of the hotel.
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Hamilton, described the people responsible for the viable device as “misguided individuals” and said the they were actively seeking out an alternative venue to host the recruitment event.
“Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on targeting our police service and causing harm to our communities. We know, however, that the actions of these few misguided individuals will not stop people pursuing a career in policing,” said PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Hamilton.
“I am aware of the disruption that was caused by the security operation in Derry last week and would like to thank everyone who co-operated and worked with our officers. I would also like to thank the management and staff at the hotel for their support throughout,” he added.
Assistant Chief Constable, Mark Hamilton, continued: “We are currently seeking an alternative venue for this event and remain committed to providing encouragement and information to those who find out more about the opportunities that exist within the Police Service.
“In fact we’ve already had almost 2,700 applications in this current recruitment process and I would continue to strongly encourage those interested in joining the PSNI and who want to make a positive contribution to Northern Ireland to apply.
“We need individuals who understand the benefits of policing with the community and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.
“We are committed to ensuring that the Police Service is reflective of our society and welcome applications from across all sections of the community.”