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Dorset Police to recruit new officers
DORSET Police has begun its first external recruitment drive for police officers in four years.
This recruitment drive will see 12-16 new officers in 2014/15 and the same the following year if the force needs to.
Existing staff will get first refusal, before the process opens to the public on October 30, with an online pre-assessment tool launched.
The campaign is expected to attract significant interest and marks the first time new police officers have been invited to join the Dorset Police team externally since September 2009.
Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I'd encourage anyone who is interested in this extremely rewarding role to visit our website and find out more - it is a fantastic opportunity to join the Dorset Police team and make a difference. The force is committed to selecting the best possible candidates and will ensure that the selection process is fair throughout.
“It is likely that we will receive significant interest and increased traffic through our website.
“I would like to remind everyone not to rush to get online - the pre-assessment tool will be available for a whole week from Wednesday, October 30, and users will likely find the process more efficient if they wait some time before starting their application.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, added: “Dorset Police officers operate at the heart of the community, ensuring safety and security to those who work, live and visit the county.
“Despite operating in austere times we have to balance the workforce. It is right that we bring new officers into the policing family. We are striving to provide a more visible force, with an emphasis on neighbourhood policing.
“Until my election, the recruitment of Police Constables was frozen indefinitely.
“The new Chief Constable and I reversed the decision.”
A brochure has been made available on the force website for anyone interested in becoming a police officer. Potential candidates are being urged to read the brochure before contacting the force by email on PoliceOfficerRecruitment@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Click here for the force website to apply