Po­lice at­tract more recruits

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

The down­turn in the North Sea oil in­dus­try could prove the an­swer to the po­lice’s long-term re­cruit­ment headache.

Short­ages in the former Grampian divi­sion, cov­er­ing Aberdeen, Aberdeen­shire and Moray, were the high­est of any­where in Scot­land in Oc­to­ber last year.

Chief Supt Camp­bell Thomson, di­vi­sional com­man­der for the north-east, ad­mit­ted his com­ple­ment was 50 of­fi­cers short.

How­ever, 39 new recruits joined ther­anksin De­cem­ber and up to 50 are ex­pected to start work next month.

Be­fore the oil down­turn, it was com­mon for of­fi­cers to be hired from out­side the area, be­fore re­turn­ing home due to the cost of liv­ing in the north-east.

But now, Chief Supt Thomson is con­fi­dent the staffing chal­lenges are over and is hope­ful

“Re­cruit­ment has been a chal­lenge for the divi­sion”

lo­cal recruits will stay in the re­gion.

He said: “Re­cruit­ment has been a chal­lenge for the whole former Grampian divi­sion, as with any pub­lic sec­tor in the north-east.

“As a re­sult, we saw a num­ber of recruits from other ar­eas in Scot­land make up the num­bers.

“They de­liv­ered an ex­cel­lent ser­vice, but it­was very chal­leng­ing for them due to the cost of liv­ing and they were drawn back to their homes.

“As we’re all aware, the eco­nomic po­si­tion has changed and, as a re­sult of sig­nif­i­cant work, we’re now draw­ing lo­cal recruits in the area.”

A re­port, pre­pared for yes­ter­day’s meet­ing of Moray Coun­cil’s po­lice and fire and res­cue ser­vices com­mit­tee, ex­plained po­lice had his­tor­i­cally strug­gled to at­tract ap­pli­cants be­cause of the “lu­cra­tive” oil in­dus­try.

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