PO­LICE POST

Royal Mail of­fers jobs to ex-cops to stamp out theft

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY SCAR­LET HOWES

ROYAL Mail is re­cruit­ing ex-cops to catch thiev­ing posties and tackle a ris­ing tide of scams.

As mil­lions of peo­ple start send­ing Christ­mas cards and presents, postal chiefs are ad­ver­tis­ing on a po­lice web­site for for­mer cop­pers.

They are be­ing of­fered around £30,000 a year to look for posties steal­ing cash from kids’ cards and foil crim­i­nal gangs. The job ads are on the Po­lice Or­a­cle web fo­rum.

There has been a 51 per cent rise in com­plaints to the postal ser­vice about “dis­ap­pear­ing parcels” over the past year, from 89,219 in 2016-17 to a record high of 134,712 re­ports in 2017-18.

There are more ex-cop­pers look­ing for work be­cause 21,000 po­lice jobs have been lost since David Cameron be­came Prime Minister in 2010.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “For many years we have re­cruited for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers into our se­cu­rity team.

“But as the ad­ver­tise­ment makes clear, we are not tar­get­ing ex-po­lice of­fi­cers ex­clu­sively. We seek the best can­di­dates for a role based on their ex­pe­ri­ence, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and abil­ity.”

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