West Yorkshire Police recruitment window opens 8 September (7 Sept 2016)

As the latest recruitment window opens for new student police officers, those interested in joining are being offered the opportunity to ask any questions they may have as part of a series of live web chats. 

Earlier this year West Yorkshire Police announced it is aiming to recruit around 300 new police officers in the next year, in addition to existing recruitment to cover naturally occurring vacancies. The Force is particularly keen to receive applications from people from diverse groups as part of West Yorkshire Police's commitment to better representing the communities they serve. 

From Thursday (8 September), until 23 September, West Yorkshire Police will once again be accepting applications for new police officers. 

Two live web chats have been planned for Thursday 8 September 7-8pm and Tuesday 13 September 7-8pm, which will offer people the opportunity to find out more about the recruitment process and ask any questions they may have about joining the Force. Both web chats are due to take place at 7pm and you can set a reminder beforehand.

Following the last recruitment window in June, there were a total of 658 applicants and out of those 27 per cent applied were from diverse groups and backgrounds. 

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle said: "We had a staggering response to the last recruitment drive at West Yorkshire Police in June this year with nearly 700 people applying to become police constables. We are seeking the very best to join our ranks and we have been extremely pleased with the high standard of applications we have received so far and are very much looking forward to the latest round and meeting the next cohort of men and women looking to join West Yorkshire Police. 

"A career in policing is really like no other; this is an fantastic opportunity for anyone considering a role in the police force to apply and see what it's all about." 

West Yorkshire Police has introduced a new Positive Action Co-Ordinator role to promote the police service as a career option to diverse groups and communities. As part of his role, PC Amjad Ditta is holding workshops to offer advice and assist people with the application process. 

ACC Battle added: "The scale of this recruitment offers a real opportunity to increase the diversity of our workforce and I would strongly encourage anyone from an under-represented group who is interested in a career in policing to make use of the positive action workshops that we are running and apply to join the Force." 

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said "I was pleased to be able to set a budget to enable the recruitment of hundreds more police officers back in February this year. Some of those officers have already finished training and are out in our communities helping to keep us safe and feeling safer.  

"Being a police officer in West Yorkshire is a fantastic opportunity and I would encourage anyone interested to have a look at West Yorkshire Police's website and log on to the web chats."

This latest recruitment window is scheduled to be open from Thursday 8 September, to Sunday 23 September. The application form will be available on the West Yorkshire Police website at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/joinus. Outside of the recruitment windows, those interested in applying to joining as a police officer can register their interest, which means they will be notified when future recruitment windows open - https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/recruitment/log.

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