This week’s news in brief

Patchy police training

Police service recruits could end up receiving inconsistent training of a patchy quality after the closure of three training centres, the Police Federation has warned. Centrex, the body that oversees police training, last month announced that its training centres in Ashford in Kent, Bruche in Cheshire and Cwmbran in Wales would close in May 2006.

£1m a week for top CEO

The average pay of a chief executive at the UK’s top companies, including bonuses, is now more than £2.5m. Director pay climbed an average of 16.1% last year – four times the national average, according to the Guardian’s annual executive pay survey. The highest-paid CEO was Sir Martin Sorrell of advertising agency WPP, who took home more than £1m a week.

IT ahead of schedule

More than 350,000 public sector workers now have access to a common IT network, after the first phase of the £60m Government Secure Intranet project was completed 15 months ahead of schedule. The project is already handling more than one million e-mails a day.

Volunteers required

WRVS, the charity dedicated to helping older and vulnerable people, is aiming to recruit more than 12,000 volunteers in the next year. As a first step, the organisation has signed up recruitment firm Digby Morgan on a non-cost basis to find 170 volunteers with leadership skills who will, in turn, focus on the wider recruitment programme.

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