Police recruitment campaign pays off

NEARLY 40 people applied to join the police following the latest recruitment drive.

The 10 new police recruits taken on from nearly 40 applicants. (28854335)
The 10 new police recruits taken on from nearly 40 applicants. (28854335)

Ten new officers have been taken on and have begun their training.

The recruitment drive drew national attention after an action-filled video, with police dogs, firearms and explosives was issued. It was later withdrawn following a negative reaction from the community.

A competitive selection process whittled the applicants down to 10.

To gain selection the recruits have been assessed extensively through a number of different exercises, a fitness assessment and a formal structured interview process.

They have begun 17 weeks of intensive training before they join their colleagues as frontline police officers.

Head of Law Enforcement Ruari Hardy said they wanted to ensure they had the right candidates.

‘Ensuring we have local recruits and grow local talent is a key part of maintaining the service’s links with the community and we are thrilled to welcome 10 new police officers into Bailiwick Law Enforcement,’ he said.

‘This is the largest single intake for many years and the high number of applications shows the esteem the service is held and the desire of people within our island to serve the community.

‘I am also very pleased to see the diversity in terms of the recruit’s backgrounds and life experience.

‘I look forward to seeing the new recruits gain in their awareness of their responsibilities as officers and watch their personal development over the course of their training.

‘Working in law enforcement is an immensely challenging career choice but it is also a very satisfying and rewarding career. Despite the challenges, the range of opportunities and specialisms is extensive and we offer a career like no other in the Bailiwick.The organisation will invest in their training and I wish them all well as they embark on this exciting new chapter of their lives in serving the Bailiwick in keeping our island safe.’

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