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jarmstrong made this Freedom of Information request to Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Dear Police Service of Northern Ireland,

In 2016, it was widely reported that planned intakes of student PSNI officers were frozen, pending completion of an independent review of the examination process and culture within the Police College at Garnerville.

Pursuant to The Freedom of Information Act 2000, please confirm if at any point from the first report received by PSNI of alleged cheating within the Student Officer Training Programme, the matter has been classified or treated by PSNI as a Critical Incident.

Yours faithfully,

JArmstrong

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Thank you for your correspondence below dated 5th September 2017, in which you request information from PSNI regarding Intakes of Student Officers.

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Alison
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Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your email dated 6th September 2017.

Unfortunately, the link provided in your email does not work.

Notwithstanding same, for clarification/identification purposes I confirm my name is Mr J Armstrong.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Armstrong

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Dear Mr Armstrong

Thank you for your email, your request will now be logged.

Alison
FOI and Data Protection
PSNI Headquarters Brooklyn
Ext 33589

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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11th September 2017

Dear Mr. Armstrong,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 8th
September 2017 which was received by the Police Service of Northern
Ireland (PSNI) on 8th September 2017.  I note you seek access to the
following information:

 

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Yours sincerely,

Alison

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn

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Subject:        FOI-2017-02596
8th October 2017

Dear Mr. Armstrong,

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

I write in connection with your request for information dated 8th
September 2017 which was received by the Police Service of Northern
Ireland on  8th September 2017 concerning:

 Alleged cheating within the Student Officer Training Programme

 

Please find attached response to your request.

 

Yours sincerely

Alison

FOI Decision Maker
FOI Unit
PSNI HQ Brooklyn