PSNI recruitment barriers must be addressed - Kelly
Responding to reports that only one in five Catholics are successful in recruitment to the PSNI, Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly MLA said:
“Reports that only one in five Catholics are successful in the recruitment process for the PSNI are very concerning.
“Sinn Féin have always maintained that 50/50 recruitment should not have been brought to an end. It was there to make sure that the police service was fully representative of the community it serves.
“50/50 recruitment was necessary to address decades if imbalance in the make-up of the police and was only one part of wholesale reforms in an effort to bring about an accountable policing service committed to policing with the community.
“Sinn Féin welcomes positive measures taken to address barriers to recruitment, but we need more action to remove these barriers.
“The PSNI has a job of work to do by being pro-active in tackling the barriers to recruitment clearly designated in recent surveys and representations by Sinn Féin.”