The Police are finally recruiting but is it cause to celebrate?

For many aspiring Police Officers out there, there has recently been a rare flare of recruitment activity that has given hope to being finally able to start a career in the Police. After almost three years of recruitment freezes, many Police forces are finally starting to open their doors to new applicants.

Some forces who have taken part in recruitment drives in 2013 include Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Manchester and Nottingham and a few others. So does this mean that Police budget austerity and recruitment freezes are finally over? Hardly. Police budgets are set to tighten further as the Chancellor George Osborne seeks to further tighten the budgetary purse strings.

If we were to look closer at the recruitment figures it is hardly cause for celebration, unless you are part of the select chosen few. A quintessential example of this is Staffordshire Police’s recent recruitment drive where around 1400 applicants applied for just fourteen positions, that translates to around 100 people per position. This massive amount of applicants exists despite disheartening decreasing of Police Constable wages.

With such figures in mind it is easy to imagine just how stiff competition is. This is particularly true for external applicants (those who are not PCSOs of Special Constables), they are having to compete with a wealth of candidates who have hands on experience of the role that they are applying for and are known to those currently serving within their chosen force. While this can be argued to be a good thing, it does not improve the ply of the average applicant who possesses the determination and skills needed to be a Police Officer but finds himself without the experience of internal applicants. It is for this reason that   are offering applicants help with their application form which in essence, levels the playing field a little.

In the current recruitment climate it is easy to see just how difficult becoming a Police Officer. The most determined of candidates will have to steel themselves against the odds and keep applying. As Britain recovers from it’s economic crisis, it can be hoped that Police Forces will receive a much needed fresh injection of cash that will see larger and more frequent recruitment drives.

by Matthew Hayes

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