Memorandum from the Northern Ireland Office
2001 (S.R. 2001/140)
1. The Committee requested a memorandum on three
(1) Explain the purpose and
effect of regulation 4(2), and why it is in regulation 4 (appointment
of Police Recruitment Agent)
2. Regulation 4(2) is an important provision because
it makes clear that trainees will not be recruited to serve as
full-time members of the Police service of Northern Ireland (Reserve).
The Government has accepted the recommendation of the Report of
the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland (the
Patten Commission) that the Royal Ulster Constabulary Full-Time
Reserve should be disbanded. The acceptance of the recommendation
was not reflected expressly in the Police (Northern Ireland) Act
2000, and it is considered desirable to reflect it in the Regulations.
3. The Department accept that it does not entirely
fit in Regulation 4 and might have been better placed as free-standing
(2) Explain what is meant
by "involved in assessing candidates for appointment"
in Regulation 9(2). Is it intended that the functions of lay assessors
extend to the assessment of the suitability of candidates under
4. The intention is that the agent should ensure
that lay assessors play a part in assessing candidates; the precise
nature of their involvement will be for the agent, although it
is expected that they will sit on interview panels and play a
part in assessing the performance of candidates in role play tests
5. Regulation 11 prohibits the Chief Constable from
requiring the agent to carry out assessments of the suitability
of candidates under Part III. It follows that the lay assessors,
who are appointed by the agent under Regulation 9, can play no
part in making assessments under Part III.
(3) Regulation 15 restricts
the disclosure of information received by the independent panel
members or the Independent Assessor. Explain why this Regulation
does not apply to information received by other panel members.
6. The other panel members will be police officers
or members of the Chief Constable's police support staff. As they
are subject to the direction and control of the Chief Constable
and bound by internal disciplinary procedures relating to unauthorised
disclosure it is not necessary to include them in Regulation 15.
11 May 2001