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National campaign to recruit 20,000 police officers launches today

Be a force for all

A national campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers is launched today (Thursday) – urging people to join the police and ‘Be a force for all’.

The police recruitment drive is the biggest in decades and follows the Prime Minister’s commitment to increase police numbers over the next three years.

The Chancellor yesterday announced funding to support the recruitment of a first wave of up to 6,000 officers, who will be shared among the 43 forces in England and Wales. This includes £750 million for 2020-21 and an immediate £45 million to kick-start recruitment.

The remaining 14,000 will be recruited in the following two years, backed by government funding, and will be additional to officers hired to fill existing vacancies.

The ‘Be a force for all’ campaign has been developed by the Home Office in partnership with the police and using feedback from the public via independent research.

It features serving police officers, including a neighbourhood officer, a police dog handler and a firearms officer. One of the officers started as a volunteer Special Constable, while another is a former charity executive who changed career.

They appear on billboards and digital displays at locations across England and Wales, including at shopping centres and railway stations, as well as in a radio advertisement.

A new website has also been set up to provide potential recruits with more information and will direct you to our local recruitment pages

A second phase of advertising is planned for the new year.

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Police Recruitment Q&A

  • Are these 20,000 officers genuinely new posts, or are you just replacing those who are leaving the service?

The new programme will deliver 20,000 completely new posts across policing in addition to replacing leavers. This is not a backfilling exercise; these will be new officers keeping our communities safe

 

  • Will the requirement for a degree make it difficult to hit your 20,000 target?

You do not need to have a degree to become a police officer. There is an apprenticeship route available for those who don’t have a degree and the College of Policing expect around half of new recruits to use this route.

What’s important is that we equip new recruits for the challenges of modern policing and have forces up and down the country which are fit for the future and ready to adapt to the changing nature of crime.

 

  • What is the total target number of police officers? What is the 20,000 an increase from? Is this 20,000 net or gross increase?

Our new programme will enable the police to have 20,000 additional officers keeping our communities safe.

The uplift is on top of normal leaver rates to ensure that we are genuinely recruiting an additional 20,000 officers.

We are currently seeing 7,500 leavers each year. Forces will continue to fill those posts as a matter of course. The new recruitment programme will bring in the committed 20,000 new officers on top of forces maintaining current workforce numbers.

 

  • Do you think there are actually enough people out there who want to become police officers to fill these roles?

Policing is an exciting career. Officers do a vital job and policing remains an attractive and rewarding career, with a pension that is among the best available. 

We have set up a joint delivery group with the National Police Chiefs Council and the college of policing. We are totally committed to delivering 20,000 new officers with policing.

We have also established a new National Policing Board. This is how we will ensure we and policing will deliver against this commitment.

Even before the government has started its programme of recruiting 20,000 officers, the March 2019 workforce statistics reveal encouraging signs of growth in officer numbers. We have seen the first year-on-year increase in police officers in a decade, and officer numbers have increased since March 2018.

 

  • How will you improve recruitment from ethnically diverse communities?

There has never been a more important time to ensure that we increase the diversity of people joining the police. Society is increasingly diverse.  Who comes into the police is critical and we must attract talent from the widest possible pool.

The most senior police leaders have stressed the need to increase diversity as part of this uplift in officer numbers.  It clearly features as part of our plans, and we will be working with the service to ensure that the right attraction strategies and positive action are being used.

As of March 2019, we have the highest proportion of BAME and female officers since records began. There is still much work to be done, but this is a promising step towards reflecting the community they serve. Work is already underway by police forces to ensure they have a more representative workforce than ever before.

 

  • Won’t these be trainee officers or officers on probation?

Police officers recruits undergo a probationary period at the start of their careers. That is completely normal. During their probation, new officers will be on the beat.

 

  • What is being launched today?

Thursday 5 September 2019 marks the start of the first phase of our national recruitment campaign that will continue to develop to support the recruitment of the additional officers. It aims to:

  • Make those interested in a policing career aware of the increase in police officers and encourage them to apply
  • Increase positive perceptions and the overall status of the police to demonstrate pride in our police and make it more attractive as a career (and reinforce the importance of those who already serve).
  • Over time, to increase the pool of people considering and embarking on a policing career
  • Increase the diversity of those joining the police to help forces to better reflect the communities they serve.

It includes the launch of a new website www.joiningthepolice.co.uk with details about the recruitment drive, the different routes into policing and the live vacancies that exist across the country. This will make it easier for people to get a complete picture of the opportunities that could be available to them. It is being supported by the launch of a number of high impact digital posters in key locations in towns and cities across England and Wales, a radio advert, social media content and online advertising.

 

  • Who is the campaign aimed at?

The advertising campaign is aimed at anyone who is interested in joining the police and also those who haven’t previously considered a career in this field. There is not one set of characteristics or one specific background that is required to be a police officer so we want to make sure that people know about the key role that police officers play and the opportunities available for joining 

  • Make those interested in a policing career aware of the increase in police officers and encourage them to apply
  • Increase positive perceptions and the overall status of the police to demonstrate pride in our police and make it more attractive as a career (and reinforce the importance of those who already serve).
  • Over time, to increase the pool of people considering and embarking on a policing career
  • Increase the diversity of those joining the police to help forces to better reflect the communities they serve.

 

There are various ways to join the police, depending on your work, life and educational experience and the police welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and experiences.  All police forces in England and Wales are committed to being inclusive employers with workforces which truly represent the communities they serve.

The campaign showcases the diversity of the skills and qualities needed in the police force and aims to demonstrate the range of people of all backgrounds and cultures who play their part serving communities across England and Wales.

It is important that we are ambitious in our recruitment of new officers to move ensure they reflect the communities that they serve.

 

  • Where will adverts be running?

High impact digital posters are planned to run in key locations in towns and cities across England and Wales. This will be supported by radio, social media and digital advertising which will run across England and Wales.

 

  • Is there a TV campaign?

TV advertising has not been planned for this first phase of campaign activity.

 

  • Are the images of real police officers?

Yes. We worked with a number of forces around the country to photograph officers going about their day-to-day duties. The radio advert also features the voices of serving police officers.

 

  • What is the purpose of the website?

The website provides information about how people can join the police. It lets people know the different routes available and provides clear links to police forces in England and Wales who are currently recruiting. The site also signposts users to alternative recruitment routes provided by organisations such as the National Crime Agency, PoliceNow, LeadBeyond and the College of Policing - making it easier for people to see all the options available to them without having to trawl the internet. As well as making it simpler for people looking to apply it will also help forces to reach more people.