PCC welcomes police recruitment drive
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has welcomed a drive by Hertfordshire Constabulary to recruit more police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs).

Becoming a police officer

For anyone with their sights set on becoming a police officer, exciting opportunities have arisen with the Force which is set to employ around 120 new recruits this year. 

Information sessions are being held at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City during February and March and are a compulsory part of the recruitment process. If you want to apply to become a police officer, you must register for and attend one of the following sessions:

• January 29th at 9.30am
• February 12th at 6pm
• February 14th at 11.30am
• February 16th at 10am
• February 26th at 9.30am
• February 28th at 2pm
• March 2nd at 6pm
• March 4th at 6pm
• March 10th at 1pm

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.

To apply to be a police officer you must be at least 18 years old, be a UK or EEA citizen with no UK work restrictions and have at least three years’ UK residency. You will need to have successfully achieved the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) at the point of intake into Hertfordshire Constabulary; and, if already held, your CKP must have been successfully completed within the last three years to be considered current. You are not required to hold the CKP at point of application.

For further information about the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing please visit the College of Policing: http://www.college.police.uk/en/20024.htm

You must register attendance for one of these events; places are limited so please ensure you register early to avoid disappointment.  Book a place on www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk 

Becoming a PCSO

Exciting opportunities have also arisen to recruit new PCSOs. PCSOs play an absolutely vital role in offering a reassuring presence to the public and visible deterrent to anti-social behaviour. These uniformed officers go out and about in the community, operating regular foot patrols and supporting the force at street level, helping free up valuable police time and resources.

It’s a role that calls for strong powers of observation, communication, judgment and problem-solving, plus a fair degree of personal maturity. Applicants will need to be driven by the idea of making a real difference to the quality of life within your community.

If you are interested, you must have a full current driving licence and you will be required to work a rotating shift pattern, including working some weekends and evenings to 11pm. Successful candidates will be required to work at various locations around the county and must pass a fitness test, as PCSOs are expected to be on active patrol (on foot or bicycle) for their shifts.

The Commissioner said: “Hertfordshire’s PCSOs do a superb job. They are the first port of call for people who are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour or non-serious crime, or those who just want some friendly police advice. Our PCSOs are out and about every day in every neighbourhood across the county – their faces are well-known and they are trusted in their communities.

“I’ve met a lot of PCSOs and they all tell me it’s a great job with immense satisfaction.  They feel they are really making a difference to communities and people’s lives.  I urge people of all ages to consider applying for the role.  If you want a rewarding job – this really is the one for you.”

For further information, please visit our recruitment website www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk