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