PSNI quit Waterfoot

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion at the Waterfoot Hotel in Londonderry
Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion at the Waterfoot Hotel in Londonderry

The PSNI has pulled the plug on its planned recruitment drive at the Waterfoot Hotel this Saturday.

The decision was taken following conversations with the hotel and taking into consideration the concerns of the business and local residents.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “I am aware of the disruption that was caused by the security operation in Derry last week and would like to thank everyone who co-operated and worked with our officers.”

The recruitment drive was rescheduled for this weekend after a decision was made to postpone it for a week to facilitate a wedding and hotel guests.

Thanking the staff at the hotel, he said the PSNI was now seeking an alternative venue for the recruitment event and remained committed to providing encouragement and information to those who wished to find out more about the opportunities that exist within the Police Service.

Despite the chaos of last weekend, which resulted in wedding plan disruption for Londonderry photographer Donal Doherty, the PSNI have revealed that they have received almost 2,700 job applications.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the PSNI had made the decision not to proceed on Saturday after conversations with the Waterfoot Hotel and after taking into consideration the concerns of the business and local residents. However, he said the PSNI were seeking an alternative venue and remain committed to providing wwencouragement and information to those who wished to find out more about the opportunities that exist within the Police Service.

“Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on targeting our police service and causing harm to our communities. We know, however, that the actions of these few misguided individuals will not stop people pursuing a career in policing,” ACC Hamilton said.

“In fact we’ve already had almost 2,700 applications in this current recruitment process and I would continue to strongly encourage those interested in joining the PSNI and who want to make a positive contribution to Northern Ireland to apply.

“We need individuals who understand the benefits of policing with the community and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.

“We are committed to ensuring that the Police Service is reflective of our society and welcome applications from across all sections of the community.”

For further details on how to apply visit www.joinpsni.co.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday, October 23 at 12pm.