UK news PSNI officers told to sit promotion exam in person despite virus fears last news
MetiNews.Com - Hundreds of police officers from across Northern Ireland will gather together in a matter of weeks for promotion exams.
Breaking News ! "Hundreds of police officers from across Northern Ireland will gather together in a matter of weeks for promotion exams. Despite a second deadly wave of Covid-19 and the potential for the health service to be brought to its knees, PSNI chiefs are insisting on officers sitting exams together next month. A test is due to take place in Newtownabbey in November for hundreds of sergeants who are hoping to be promoted to the rank of inspector. It is understood officers have been told they must attend the written exam, even if they were previously shielding, or forfeit the possibility of promotion. Similar plans are under way for constables wanting to compete for promotion to the rank of sergeant. While social distancing will be in place, the plans involve hundreds of officers coming from all over Northern Ireland, including virus hotspots in Derry, Strabane and Newry, Mourne and Down. It is also understood that officers will not have to wear face coverings during the exam, which is scheduled to run for almost three hours. It comes as Northern Ireland enters a second period of stringent restrictions after coronavirus infections spread like wildfire and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure to get the pandemic under control.One sergeant said: "It seems like absolute madness. "We are fining members of the public for having too many people in one space, yet the bosses are pressing ahead with these exams. "We're being told that a maximum of six people from two households can meet in a restaurant or pub and that households aren't allowed to mix indoors in private homes. "Only six people from two households are allowed to mix outdoors even with social distancing in place, yet we're being told it's okay for hundreds of officers to be together indoors because there will be social distancing.
. They're driving round in cars together, they're coming into close contact with members of the public. "We've already seen stations being closed down because of outbreaks. "Now we're bringing hundreds of people together and then they're going to go back to their stations and back out into the community and potentially spread this virus everywhere. "So far there doesn't seem to be any measures put in place for medically vulnerable officers. It's either like it or lump it. "It doesn't seem like any consideration has been given to doing the exam online, which under the circumstances is crazy." The College of Policing recommended in March that all police assessment centre activity should be postponed and said it was working to implement online solutions to enable recruitment processes to continue.However, the PSNI is not bound by the recommendations from the standards body.The PSNI said it had "conducted risk assessments to ensure the health and safety of officers attending examinations and the staff who administer them". "The organisation delivered a number of selection examinations recently in full compliance with all of the requirements of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions Northern Ireland) Regulations, including social distancing," a spokesman for the force added."The upcoming promotion examinations will be conducted with the same strict compliance measures in place.""
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