The following letter was circulated in January 1922, as part of the process to enlist recruits from the RIC into the new Palestine Gendarmerie. Although it refers to the need for recruits to have 'First Class Records' my own research, into every member of the RIC who signed up for this new force, shows that an exemplary service record was not in fact a pre-requisite. That said, the numbers of ex-RIC having fines or other disciplinary notes on their files amounts to under 3% of the total intake.
Royal Irish Constabulary Office
25 January 1922
There is an opening in the above Force for a limited number of young District Inspectors and Constables, unmarried and under thirty years of age, of superior education and First Class Records. Head Constables and Sergeants up to thirty years of age would also be considered.
The proposed pay of the Force will be approximately:-
Constable 10/- a day, free of income tax; in addition deferred pay of 1/- a day, with Rations, Fuel and Light or allowance in lieu.
Officers and NCOs pay in proportion.
Pensions after ten years service on a scale not less than that of the London Metropolitan Police. Leave, three months every three years, £30 towards the cost of passage.
The matter is not to be circulated generally, but individuals who are known to be suitable should be approached personally. No recruiting will take place in Ireland, but if there are any men who can be personally recommended and who are willing to serve abroad, ther names and addresses should be submitted at once in order that they may be brought to the notice of the Recruiting Officer in london.
Men will not be asked to join this Force until granted pensions and demobilised from the R.I.C. This matter is urgent.
Source - The British Palestine Police Association (No 6., 2015)