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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Cumbria police to bolster their ranks with new recruits

Cumbria Constabulary is asking the question: ‘Could you?’ ahead of their latest recruitment drive which will see 84 officers join the force over the next year.

During the financial year 2014-2015, the force is looking to recruit 72 full-time Police Officers and 12 transferees in a bid to bolster its ranks in order to continue to offer a high-quality policing service to its communities.

The application process for the new recruits opens on the March 10 2014 until midday on April 1 2014; however it may close early if the Constabulary believes it has received enough quality applications to choose from.

The new officers will help deliver community policing and support the front line; working within the local communities and tackling their policing priorities.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “Police Officers work hard to support our communities, to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and focus on the issues that matter most to local people.

“The new officers will support the front line and will be visible within local communities working with local people focussing on the areas that are important to them.

“This application process is designed to help us maintain our officer numbers and prepare for the future by replacing some of those who have retired and served the Constabulary so well during their careers. Promotions within the force mean that we have been able to maintain high levels of skill and expertise.

“Whilst the force is reducing the number of officers over the next few years, the officer numbers will be lower than the projected future officer number due to natural depletion. Therefore we need to recruit to make sure that the force has enough officers to serve the county.

“The successful applicants will join a top performing Police force and will help to fight crime through community policing so that Cumbria continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.

“We are looking for applicants that are high in enthusiasm and energy who want to help serve the local communities of Cumbria. The force is always looking for new ideas or techniques to help maintain and improve its service; we are looking for applicants who have a passion to make a difference.”

In welcoming the recruitment drive, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “I urge those who seek a role that is demanding, is one that can provide great job satisfaction, exciting opportunities and a chance to make a real difference in their local community, to have a look at the information on the website and give serious thought to this opportunity to become a Police Officer in Cumbria.”

Further details are available on the Cumbria Constabulary website at cumbria.police.uk/join-us.

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