- Feb 28, 2010
The secretary of state has revealed that the positive discrimination employed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in recruitment is to end:
Full article: BBC News - Paterson confirms PSNI 50-50 recruitment should lapseThe secretary of state has said he is "not minded" to continue the practice of 50-50 recruitment in the PSNI.
Owen Paterson announced details of a consultation process on the practice which is due to expire in March 2011.
Mr Paterson said that currently more than 29% of serving officers are from a Catholic background which is within the target set by the Patten report.