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Police: Recruitment Criteria - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Paddick Lord Paddick Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 2:52 pm, 2nd April 2019

My Lords, the Scottish Justice Minister has ruled out direct entry into Police Scotland at inspector and superintendent level, because he considers experience of policing to be essential. He says:

“While training is, of course, important, officers must carry the authority and the respect of communities they serve, and also of their colleagues”.

I strongly agree. Why does the Home Office not agree?