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£73,000 Wasted On Police Exams

by | 28th, May 2007

brightonpolice.jpgPOLICE officers hoping to make the step up to the heady heights of inspector level will have to re-sit their exams after staff shortages and apparent technical problems invalidated the initial exam results.

The cost of repeating the exams coupled with the subsequent selection process is likely to cost over £70,000 of public money.

According to Glen Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, “It was a disaster. These were the next candidates for inspectors but it went awry for a number of reasons. Hundreds took the exam and it is quite a stressful situation. A lot hinges on this. It has thrown a spanner in the works and officers are understandably upset. We don’t want to see this repeated.”

The Met Police described the supervision at the exam centre in leafy north London’s Alexandra Palace as “inadequate” but surely they weren’t worried that their aspirant inspectors had resorted to cheating, were they?

Well, not according to a Met spokeswoman who says: “We do not assume or believe that any candidates were cheating – only the fact that the supervision on the day was inadequate. It would be impossible to address the issues without asking all officers to resit the exam.”

Police breaking the rules? Never.

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Posted: 28th, May 2007 | In: Money Comment | TrackBack | Permalink