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Forces launch a drive to find police recruits

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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POLICE forces in Burton and South Debryshire could soon be boosted due to a recruitment drive to get more bobbies on the beat.

Staffordshire and Derbyshire Police are both on the lookout for new officers in a bid to strengthen police services in both areas.

In Staffordshire alone, the force is looking for more than 40 new recruits.

Staffordshire Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “The office of police constable is more than a job – it’s a way of life and a true vocation.

“I really want to see a diverse and wide range of applicants for these critical roles in our community, and we have designed an application process which will help those interested make an informed decision about being part of our police family.

“I have been working closely with Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis to make sure we are in a position to recruit these new officers to Staffordshire Police.

“Last week I met 10 new PSCOs who joined the force this week following the recruitment in December.”

The selection process in Staffordshire will take place over the summer, with the first of the three intakes of officers starting their two-year probationary training in the autumn.

Applicants will have completed an online pre-selection questionnaire which is designed to help the applicant understand the eligibility criteria and the demands of the role of police constable.

The force will then review the responses to this first stage, and only those that are eligible will then be emailed the formal application form to be completed in early May.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We are pleased to announce that we will open for police officer recruitment in spring 2014. Full details of the application process, recruitment criteria and dates of the campaign will be posted online in mid April.”

It has not yet been disclosed how many new officers are set to be taken on by the force.

Visit www.derbyshire.police.uk for more details.

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