Recruitment campaign to find hundreds of new Kent police officers launched
PUBLISHED: 09:05 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 22 March 2018
Hundreds of new officers are being sought by Kent Police, as part of the biggest recruitment campaign of its history.
Chief constable of Kent, Alan Pughsley, and Kent police and crime commissioner, Matthew Scott, announced a recruitment drive which will see an uplift in the number of officers keeping the county safe.
In February, Mr Scott gained approval to increase the 2018/19 council tax precept, meaning a Band D household will pay an extra £1 a month, which will fund an extra 200 Kent officers.
These will be in addition to the planned recruitment of 240 officers proposed over the coming year to maintain the force’s existing numbers.
Chief constable Pughsley said: “This is the biggest recruitment drive Kent Police has ever seen and I want to be clear that this isn’t about replacing officers who are leaving – this is about having more officers to do more things to keep people safe.
“It is a fulfilling time to be part of the policing family and if applicants are successful, they’ll be joining what Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services describe as an ‘outstanding’ force for how it treats the public as well as its own people.”
Kent Police’s More Than The Badge campaign will be running for the next year, and applicants are advised to visit the force website for more details.
If successful, recruits will be placed on a training programme which will include physical fitness, legal training, and tutoring with local policing teams.
Kent’s police and crime commissioner, Matthew Scott, said: “The message I have heard loud and clear from the people of Kent is they are willing to pay a little more in council tax to boost the frontline, and the chief constable has assured me a significant number of these new recruits will go into local policing, rural policing and roads policing teams.
“I encourage anyone who is passionate about their community and protecting vulnerable people to take a look at the jobs section of the Kent Police website because there is bound to be a role which suits your skills.”