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January 21 2015

Criminal Records Checks: PSNI Apology Over Backlog

"The PSNI has apologised for a delay in employment police checks after it emerged that nearly 230 people have been waiting more than six months. The checks, carried out before certain employers recruit new staff, should be completed within four weeks. However, the BBC has learned that, in some cases, it has taken much longer and people have lost out on job offers. The checks are carried out on anyone who will be working or volunteering with children or vulnerable adults. ""Whilst seeking to expedite the applications, it is imperative that we thoroughly consider each application in order to provide proper protection for children and vulnerable adults,"" said Superintendent John McCaughan."