Merseyside Police has launched a campaign to recruit 140 new constables to the force this year.
The force is committed to providing an effective service to communities across Merseyside and we aim to put our communities first in everything we do.
To do this we need to understand all of our communities and our officers and staff should reflect the diverse communities we serve.
So this year our Positive Action Team is providing support to people from under-represented communities, such as minority faith, black and minority ethnicity and LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender) who want to join an inclusive organisation that embraces diversity.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley, said: “I am delighted that the force is in a position to recruit new police officers this year.
“We want to encourage people from all our communities, who have the passion, ability and drive to deliver an effective policing service, to join us and help us understand the needs of all our communities better
"Quite often when we run recruitment campaigns we find that there aren’t many applications from the different communities we have here on Merseyside, which for us is disappointing.
"Merseyside Police embraces diversity and we work as one team to provide the public of Merseyside with an effective policing service. People from different backgrounds, who bring different experiences and viewpoints in to the force, can help us to shape the future of policing the diverse communities we serve across Merseyside."
He added: "We are looking for men and women who thrive on challenges and are willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary for this difficult but critical role .
"Being a police officer can be a tough job but it is also extremely rewarding.
"The skills for being a good police officer include the ability to work as part of a team, solve problems and keep calm and confident in difficult circumstances.
"The role can be both physically and mentally demanding but it is an opportunity to make a difference and ensure that the people who live in Merseyside feel safe."
Chief Inspector Karen Dowden, from the force Positive Action Team, added: “We are looking for dedicated, skilled and diverse individuals to join us. Positive Action is a lawful and appropriate way of redressing the balance and increasing representation of people from minority groups in Merseyside Police.
"We are providing support, advice and guidance to people who fall into these groups and encourage you to consider a challenging and rewarding career with us. If you are from one of these groups and are interested in finding out more please contact the positive action team at Positive.Action.Team@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “It’s great news that, thanks to some very careful financial planning, Merseyside Police is in a position to recruit 140 new police constables.
“Merseyside Police works hard for all the people of Merseyside and is actively trying to be more reflective of the wonderfully diverse communities it serves. This recruitment drive will give the Force the opportunity to welcome a host of new people from a wide range of backgrounds, who have varied experiences and beliefs but are united in their commitment to serving the public, to the Merseyside Police family.
“Merseyside Police is looking for brave, dedicated, passionate individuals who want to represent their communities and help others. If you fit the bill, I would encourage you to apply!”
The recruitment process will be open from 9am on Monday, 9 January, but applications will not be considered after the Force receives 2000 applications.
Anyone aged over 18 is eligible to apply. There is no upper age limit for applications but the compulsory retirement age for a police officer is 60.
All applicants must pass a police selection process and complete a training programme.
Anyone who wishes to apply can find the application form on the Merseyside Police website - www.merseyside.police.uk
If you want any advice/assistance in relation to the application process about the process you can contact our HR Shared Services Department on 0151 777 8280 (press 1 for recruitment).