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UUP MLA says PSNI salary 'not attractive' enough as recruit resignations double in two years

New figures reveal 49 probationary constables quit the force in the past financial year. Picture by Stephen Davison
Suzanne McGonagle

AN Ulster Unionist assembly member has said PSNI salaries are "not attractive" enough as it emerged resignations among new recruits has doubled in the past two years.

New figures by the BBC show that 49 probationary constables quit the force in the past financial year.

The PSNI spent more than £1 million training them with recruits undergoing a 23-week programme before spending two years as probationary constables.

A decade ago, just eight officers resigned after their training period.

It is understood that one of the major issues is the salary, with the starter pay at just over £21,000 - around £7,000 less than Scotland.

Officers are also paid a £3,500 allowance after completing training, in acknowledgement of the additional security threat in the north.

UUP MLA and Policing Board member Mike Nesbitt said: "There is always the odd recruit finding 'it's not for me'. But my concern is around pay. It is not attractive especially when you think officers are subject to a terrorist threat."

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