Police seek new recruits

ESSEX Police force has launched a campaign for new recruits.

A spokeserson for the force says: “We’re looking to bolster the number of police officers protecting and serving the residents of Essex. Our current headcount is 3,019 full time equivalent police officers and we want more people from all backgrounds to join our police family.

“Being a police officer is a rewarding career that can help make a difference to people’s lives. We offer the opportunity to progress into a number of specialist roles in our Dog Section, our Force Support Unit and our Criminal Investigation Department to name just a few.

“New Police Constables start on a salary of £24,518 which could rise to £41,150 within the first seven years. You’ll be able to join the police pension scheme and can take up to five weeks of annual leave each year.

“After you’ve completed 18 weeks training at our Essex Police College in Chelmsford, you’ll be assigned to local policing for 10 weeks and then it’s onto 18 weeks of investigation training with CID, our domestic abuse investigation teams, public protection and community policing teams.

“Once you’ve completed your two year probation period with us, you’ll be confirmed as a police officer and eligible to apply for a number of specialist roles.”

BJ Harrington.

Chief Constable BJ Harrington, who has been a police officer for more than 27 years, said: “I joined the police service because I wanted to help people, keep them safe, catch bad guys and give something back to the community.
“For me being a police officer is about standing up for people and what is right. If those things appeal to you then being a police officer is a fantastic career choice.
“It’s an exciting job where no two days are ever the same and you can go home at the end of your shift knowing that you’ve been doing something to make the world safer.”
To find out more about joining Essex Police as a Constable visit www.essex.police.uk/fitthebill