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New police officers to be recruited for Preston and Lancashire

Posted on - 13th October, 2016 - 2:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News
Police officers standing guard in Preston

Police officers standing guard in Preston

Dozens of police officers are to be on the streets of Preston and Lancashire as a recruitment drive has been launched by police.

Although not additional officers the roles mean Lancashire PoliceĀ can replace retiring policemen and policewomen.Ā A total of 160 new officers are to be recruited.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “This is an important investmentĀ in Lancashire Constabulary and a chance to recruit officers from under-represented communities.

“We need to replace the officers due to leave in the coming months in order to ensure the force can continue to deliver the high level of service that residents rightly expect. But the public also need to know they are being policed by officers who understand and relate to them, which is why I am committed to making sure the workforce better reflects our diverse communities.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work for one of the best police forces in the country and I hope to see applications from people of all backgrounds who want to serve their local community.”

A police officer in the UK can expect to earn a starting salary of Ā£19,383 to Ā£22,962 rising to Ā£37,254 at the top end of the scale. It takes around seven years to achieve higher pay gradfes.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: ā€œThe way we police our communities has changed significantly over recent years and we are keen to recruit individuals who can represent the diverse communities we serve. There are a wide range of roles that require an ever growing range of skills such as languages, IT, customer services and working with vulnerable people including the elderly and young as well as the under-represented communities and we need to attract people from a wider audience to reflect this.ā€

ā€œPolicing is a great career with opportunities to progress through the ranks, while serving your local community.ā€

How can I apply?

You need to apply by visiting the Lancashire Police website.

When do I need to apply by?

Applications open on Tuesday 1 November and the deadline to apply is Friday 18 November.

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