PSNI recruitment event in Derry

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton pictured with advertising posters for the PSNI's new recruitment drive.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton pictured with advertising posters for the PSNI's new recruitment drive.

The PSNI’s latest recruitment drive rolls into Derry next week.

As part of the new campaign, a ‘familiarisation’ event will take place at the Waterfoot Hotel on Saturday, October 10.

Information sessions will commence at 10 a.m. and will take place every hour, with the last session at 3 p.m.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, who launched the new recruitment campaign, said: “We are looking for people who want to make a positive contribution to Northern Ireland and are committed to making a difference. We need individuals who understand the benefits of policing with the community and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.

“We know from our previous campaigns that people from across Northern Ireland want to join the Police Service. To ensure that potential candidates have all the information they need, we are hosting three familiarisation events taking place on October 10 in Belfast, Londonderry and Omagh.

“I would encourage anyone who has ever thought about a career in policing to come along to one of the events.”

ACC Hamilton added: “Successful applicants will attend the Police College, Garnerville, for 22 weeks of intensive training which will include practical and operational policing skills, to ensure they are mentally and physically equipped to perform the important role of a police officer.”

The application process is as follows:

* Candidates, who must complete an application form on-line, need at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) at A* to C grade, including Maths and English Language.

• Those applicants who meet the criteria are then invited to sit an Initial Selection Test (IST) which assesses how well candidates use their critical, numerical, and verbal reasoning to deal with a series of problems. Those candidates who score highest against the various elements of the test are invited to the Assessment Centre.

• Assessment Centre consists of a series of exercises designed to assess how candidates deal with real-life policing scenarios.

• Those who meet required standard are placed on a merit list and this list is then passed to the PSNI.

Closing date for applications for phase three is Friday, October 23, at 12 noon.

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