120 new police officers to be recruited to Lancashire force.15 September, 2015
Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, has given the go ahead for Lancashire Constabulary to begin recruiting up to 120 new officers to join the force over the next 12 months.
The move follows the recruitment of a number of new officer roles last year and will see applications invited between October 1 and 13 via the Lancashire Police Website.
The Commissioner said it was vital that Lancashire Constabulary welcomed new talent to replace a number of officers who are coming up to retirement or due to leave the force.
He said: “I am pleased to announce this latest stage of recruitment to the Constabulary. This follows an extremely tough time that hasn’t been easy for anyone in the force. We have seen our officer numbers decline significantly but we still have a very good record here in Lancashire of tackling crime and re-offending.”
Clive Grunshaw also said that a number of officers will take on different roles. He said: “A number of the new recruits will join our Early Action teams and develop this area of our work preventing people entering a life of crime or helping to stop others behaviour escalating out of control.”
Lancashire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes explained why there was still the need for recruitment despite the reduction in officer numbers overall. He said: “At least ten police officers leave the Constabulary – mainly through retirement – each month. We are now in a position where we need to recruit just to ‘stand still’ and to make sure we remain operationally resilient.
“We have made significant changes to the recruitment process this time as we realise that the previous method of phoning for an application pack was dated. We have listened to the feedback and we have improved the process to make it fairer.
“The way we police our communities has changed significantly over recent years and we are keen to recruit resilient individuals with a high level of empathy to meet the demands of modern day policing. We are also keen to hear from people with experience of dealing with vulnerable members of the community, in particular those with a background in mental health.”
People considering applying for the roles are asked to study the application requirements before submitting their forms. The window for applications will open on October 1 and close on the 13 of the month. For more information log onto www.lancashire.police.uk.