‘Force for all’ Po­lice hope to re­cruit 150 new of­fi­cers

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Janet HUGHES [email protected]­plc.com

PO­TEN­TIALLY more than 150 po­lice jobs could be up for grabs in Glouces­ter­shire at the end of this month af­ter the Home Of­fice of­fi­cially launched its bid to re­cruit an­other 20,000 of­fi­cers.

Glouces­ter­shire Con­stab­u­lary says that at 9am on Mon­day, Septem­ber 30, it will open ap­pli­ca­tions for its share of 6,000 of­fi­cers, who will be spread across 43 forces in Eng­land and Wales.

It is not known how many jobs there will be but Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Mar­tin Surl says he will bid for at least 150 new of­fi­cers.

The re­main­ing 14,000 of­fi­cers needed to meet the Gov­ern­ment’s 20,000 tar­get will be re­cruited in the fol­low­ing two years.

A na­tional bill­board cam­paign has been launched at shop­ping cen­tres and rail­way sta­tions with new re­cruits be­ing urged to “be a force for all”.

A new web­site has also been set up to pro­vide po­ten­tial re­cruits with more in­for­ma­tion and di­rect them to the re­cruit­ment pages of lo­cal po­lice forces.

Glouces­ter­shire Po­lice will be re­leas­ing de­tails on Septem­ber 30 but tell po­ten­tial re­cruits that polic­ing in the county is far from the sleepy por­trayal given in the film Hot Fuzz.

They point out that the county hosts two royal house­holds, the Na­tional Hunt Fes­ti­val at Chel­tenham Race­course, the Royal In­ter­na­tional Air Tat­too in Fair­ford, a strong mil­i­tary pres­ence and GCHQ, which is de­scribed as “an im­por­tant Gov­ern­ment foot­print.”

Ap­pli­cants must be 18 or over on the date the ad­vert is pub­lished and al­though there is no up­per age limit, they are re­minded it is phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing work.

If you are look­ing for a role which can be de­mand­ing and un­pre­dictable, but also highly re­ward­ing, we would re­ally like to hear from you Glouces­ter­shire Po­lice re­cruit­ment web­page

You must be a Bri­tish cit­i­zen, an EC/EEA na­tional or a Com­mon­wealth cit­i­zen or for­eign na­tional with no re­stric­tions on your stay in the United King­dom.

Any­one who has re­ceived a for­mal cau­tion in the last five years, com­mit­ted a vi­o­lent crime or public order of­fence will be re­jected. Any tat­toos that are grotesque, vi­o­lent or have a strong re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tion will also bar ap­pli­cants.

Ap­pli­cants with, or who have had, County Court Judge­ments or who may be on a Debt Re­cov­ery Plan will be as­sessed on a case by case ba­sis.

You must be able to pass a fit­ness test for dy­namic strength and en­durance fit­ness. You can only ap­ply to one force at any one time.

The re­cruit­ment web­page says: “We are look­ing for the best can­di­dates to join our ex­cep­tional team work­ing across our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties within Glouces­ter­shire to pro­tect, serve and keep them safe from harm. We are com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ples of ap­point­ments based on merit with open­ness and trans­parency of process. The con­stab­u­lary is also com­mit­ted to equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity and wel­comes ap­pli­ca­tions from all suit­abil­ity qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants.

“In aim­ing to have a work­force rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve, ap­pli­ca­tions from fe­males and mem­bers of the black and mi­nor­ity eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties are par­tic­u­larly wel­come. If you are look­ing for a ca­reer in which you will be deal­ing with dif­fer­ent si­t­u­a­tions ev­ery day, work­ing with the public to build con­fi­dence and trust, a role which can be de­mand­ing and un­pre­dictable, but also highly re­ward­ing, we would re­ally like to hear from you.”

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