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Urgency now needed for PSNI retiring/rehiring to end

17 February, 2012 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly, spokesperson on policing and a member of the Policing Board said that yesterday’s evidence to the Justice Committee adds to the demand that the PSNI should discontinue its policy of retiring and rehiring:

Gerry Kelly said:

“The disclosures at the Justice Committee by the PSNI that the contract for agency staff has been re-issued for tender only came about because of questions tabled by Sinn Féin MLAs on that Committee.

“The detail of the tender documents have not been shared with or scrutinised by the Policing Board. Given recent concerns which Sinn Féin has raised about the policy of retiring and rehiring, that is unacceptable.”

The North Belfast MLA said confirmation that those retired police officers who have been rehired are not accountable to the Police Ombudsman is disturbing

“Sinn Féin has consistently challenged the PSNI over its policy of retiring and rehiring. At its meeting in January 2012, the Policing Board was told by the PSNI Director of Human Resources that those who are retired and rehired are accountable to the Police Ombudsman.

“At the Justice Committee meeting the PSNI Chief Constable apologised for misinforming the Policing Board on this. The correction is welcome.

“But the fact that the PSNI has had these former police officers deployed without being accountable to the Police Ombudsman will only add to the urgency for this policy to be discontinued."

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