Bedfordshire Police is seeking potential new recruits after welcoming 33 student officers at last Thursdayâ€™s (12 February) passing out parade.
The force, which in 2014 lifted a three year recruitment freeze, is to recruit new officers twice a year and is running a series of information evenings and other events for people who want to make a difference.
Emphasis will be on attracting experienced officers from across the country as well as those looking to embark on a new career in policing. The force is particularly interested in attracting those who live locally, have local knowledge and reflect the diverse communities the force serves.
The aim will be to create a rich pool of talent from which the force can select the best interviewees and successful applicants will be sent to a national police assessment centre.
The cream of the crop will embark on a 16 week training programme at police headquarters, Kempston. Those who pass out will receive ten weeksâ€™ on the job training with an experienced officer, making an immediate and visible contribution to policing in Bedfordshire. They will be subject to on-going assessments.
To be a police officer you need to be 18 or over, physically fit and of good character and have a passion for protecting people and fighting crime to keep Bedfordshire even safer.