Retiring/rehiring scandal must not happen again – Gerry Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the PSNI must ensure that the retiring and rehiring scandal must never happen again.
The North Belfast MLA and member of the Policing Board was commenting after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report said the system was not value for money.
Gerry Kelly said:
“Sinn Féin had pursued the question of a revolving-door policy from our previous mandate and the full facts around the extent of retiring and rehiring ex RUC personnel were kept hidden by the 'old guard' within the PSNI for years
“Over 1000 people who had received substantial severance packages under Patten were rehired. Some of them were headhunted for posts that did not require policing experience.
“This basically resulted in a revolving door scenario and kept other people out of jobs. There was no open competition for the posts.
“Those who were re-employed became unaccountable overnight as they were not accountable to the Police Ombudsman or the PSNI’s Code of Ethics, having been rehired in a civilian staff capacity.
“This undermined Patten and is a story of cronyism and jobs for the boys. Sinn Féin raised these questions from 2009 but some of those at the top of the PSNI resisted revealing the facts.
“This method of retiring/rehiring did substantial damage to confidence in policing and must not happen again.”