Justice Minister David Ford said: "I was pleased to attend the PSNI familiarisation event in Derry. It was good to see people from the local community, who are interested in joining the PSNI, come along to hear first hand what is involved.
"It is a pity that people who regularly argue for civil rights tried to deny others the right to attend the event. I would thank the people who were not put off by the protest and attended both sessions.
"Already several thousand people have submitted applications to join the PSNI. This level of interest shows how people recognise the invaluable role the PSNI plays right across the community."
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