Police roles available as force looks to take on more than 120 new recruits

Those with their sights set on becoming a police officer could see their dream become a reality with a number of new opportunities being offered by the Herts force.

Wednesday, 28th January 2015, 8:15 am
Herts Police hope to take on new police officers and PCSOs like Abbi Symes and Jan Bakewell of Hemel Hempstead

The county’s constabulary aims to take on 120 new recruits this year, information sessions for which are being held at the force headquarters in Welwyn Garden City during February and March.

The sessions are a compulsory part of the recruitment process and there are eight dates across the two months, as well as one this Thursday, January 29, at 9.30am.
February sessions are head on the 12th at 6pm, 14th at 11.30am, 16th at 10am, 26th at 9.30am and the 28th at 2pm.

In March, those interested can attend on the 2nd at 6pm, the 4th at 6pm or the 10th at 1pm.

Workforce Planning Superintendent Cath Akehurst, said: “We started recruiting for police officers in October last year and are delighted to be in the position to now recruit more.

“Embarking on a career as a police officer is challenging and often demanding, but it is undoubtedly rewarding. When we advertised for police officer recruitment last year, a large number of people were interested in joining. We are really pleased to now offer even more opportunities and I would encourage anyone interested to attend one of the information sessions to find out more.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I am delighted that we are able to recruit further police officers. This is a result of the strong financial position of the force and the fact that it has been able to meet challenging efficiency targets without hitting frontline policing.

“It is vital that a local police force reflects the community it serves and I would encourage everyone who meets the criteria, no matter what their background, culture or current vocation, to fully consider policing as a career and positive life move. Why not go along to an information session, meet Hertfordshire police officers and find out more?”

The information sessions will show what it is like to be a police officer, what the application stage involves, the training provided, fitness levels required and the vetting and medical checks you need to undergo. The sessions will also provide hints and tips to help you make a successful application.

Places are limited and must be registered in advance. Book a place at www.hertspolicecareers.co.ukRecruitment for PCSOs – who support the constabulary on active patrol in communities across Herts – is also open. Head to the same website for more detais on how to apply for the role, which involves holding a full current driving licence and the ability to work a rotating shift pattern, including working some weekends and evenings to 11pm.

Supt Akehurst added: “We value our PCSOs and are keen to find high calibre people to join us and help to keep Hertfordshire a safe and pleasant place to live. It’s not an easy job to be a PCSO but, for the right person, is highly rewarding.”