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Northumbria Police to hire 600 new staff in biggest recruitment drive in almost a decade

One of the largest police forces in the UK is looking to fill more than 600 new positions over the next three years

Northumbria Police has delighted local jobseekers by launching its biggest recruitment drive in almost a decade.  A total of 200 different roles will be on offer, including roles in dog handling, cybercrime units and on patrol.

In announcing the recruitment drive, Vera Baird QC, the force’s crime commissioner, said the force was searching for people with a range of different skills and from a variety of backgrounds across local communities.

She added that as crime has changed in recent decades, there are a number of specialisms that are relatively new to policing. These require people with a modern outlook and skills not traditionally associated with the role.

Ms Baird said she looks forward to welcoming the new recruits, as they will bring a range of new talents to the force. This will enable it to continue to deliver an excellent policing service to the people of Northumbria.

Steve Ashman, chief constable of the force, said the new recruitment campaign is an extremely significant one for Northumbria Police. He added that being a police officer is a unique job and that the new recruits will be given the opportunity to help serve and protect their local communities, making a real difference to the lives of their neighbours.

Mr Ashman also pointed out that becoming a police officer is an adaptable role and enables talented and ambitious people to specialise later in their careers. They can choose from a range of diverse roles, including motor patrols, detection, firearms, and working with horses and dogs.

To fill the 600 posts available, the force will be arranging a number of ‘pop-up’ recruitment events across the region in the near future where anyone interested can find out more information about the roles being filled. All successful candidates emerging from the recruitment events will be enrolled into the Northumbria Police training school, which is in Newcastle, before starting a two-year probationary period.

In addition to the 600 new jobs, Northumbria Police is also offering a number of volunteering roles that need to be filled.

For more information about the roles on offer, look out for news in your local press or visit the Northumbria Police website.

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