Competition for Independent Assessor of PSNI Recruitment Vetting launched

Date published: 15 January 2021

Justice Minister Naomi Long has launched a recruitment competition for the appointment of an Independent Assessor of PSNI Recruitment Vetting.

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The Independent Assessor provides an appeals mechanism for candidates who have been disqualified from appointment to the PSNI on vetting grounds.

The Minister said: “The role of the Independent Assessor of PSNI Recruitment Vetting plays a key part in the police recruitment process.  They ensure that applicants to the PSNI, who have been disqualified on vetting grounds, have access to an independent appeals mechanism.”

The appointment will be effective from 1 May 2021.

Annual gross remuneration for the Independent Assessor is £8,250 payable monthly.  A per diem fee is also payable in line with the rate of fees for judicial office holders in Northern Ireland.  Time commitment is largely driven by PSNI recruitment levels and can vary.  It is estimated that the position requires approximately 10 to 12 judicial sitting days in a financial year.

This is a public appointment and regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland (CPANI).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday 5 February 2021.

Notes to editors: 

1.  For application forms and candidate information packs visit the publication section of this website.

2.  Copies are also available as follows:

Telephone: 028 9052 3259 or 028 9052 8696


By writing to: IA Appointment Section, Police Powers & HR Policy Branch, Department of Justice, Block B, Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3SG.

3.  The Independent Assessor is an independent statutory office holder appointed in accordance with the Police (Recruitment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001, as amended.

4.  The regulations require that the person appointed as Independent Assessor shall have held judicial office within any part of the United Kingdom.

5.  Further details of the responsibilities and competences required are contained in the Candidate Information Pack, which should be read in conjunction with the press advertisement.  The Candidate Information Pack and Application Form can be provided in alternative formats and reasonable adjustments will be facilitated upon request.

6.  The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process.  The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants.  Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  Applications are particularly welcome from women, young people, members of ethnic minority communities and people with disabilities as these groups are currently under-represented in these types of roles

7.  Media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office via email to

8.  The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted out of hours on 028 9037 8110.

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