Recruitment lines to join Merseyside Police are now open and we are encouraging driven individuals who are passionate about serving their community to join the Force.
The force will be taking on additional new Constables from this recruitment drive and details of how to apply will be on the website from Friday, 30 August.
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.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Natalie Perischine said “The Government recently announced funding for an uplift in the number of police officers nationally, and as a result Merseyside Police is looking towards a sustained recruitment of new officers.
“In addition to this, there will be another recruitment drive in November. Then, throughout the next three years there will be further opportunities for members of the public to join us.
“For those applying in the future, there will be changes in relation to how you can apply to become an officer. However, we will ensure these changes are communicated and the different routes to become a police officer are made clear.
“We want to encourage people from various communities, who have the passion, ability and drive to deliver an effective policing service, to join us and help us better understand the needs of the diverse communities we serve and protect.”
Chief Inspector Karen Wiesenekker from the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Team added: "Often when we run recruitment campaigns, we find that there aren’t many applications from the different and underrepresented groups which can be quite disappointing.
“Being a police officer, although a tough job, is extremely rewarding and is definitely a job for all people from all backgrounds or walks of life. Therefore, it is extremely important that our officers are representative of the communities we serve. We embrace diversity and inclusivity and work as one team to provide the public with an effective policing service.
“People from different backgrounds bring different experiences and viewpoints to the force and can help us shape the future of policing, whilst better understanding the various cultures, beliefs and traditions that makes up Merseyside.
"The skills for being a good police officer includes 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."
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has welcomed the news. She said: “I am so pleased that Merseyside Police is now in a position to be able to open recruitment for new officers.
“The force has lost more than 1,100 officers since the government's programme of austerity first began in 2010. During that time many services have had to be stripped right back and some were on the brink of disappearing all together. It also put an unnecessary strain on the dedicated men and women who were left to serve the public.
“Thankfully, we are now in the fortunate position to be able to encourage new people to apply to join the Merseyside Police family. If you are a committed, driven, public-spirited individual who is keen to serve your community, I would encourage you to apply to join this fantastic police force.”
If you would like to apply to join Merseyside Police or would like more information, please click the link: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/