New Year, New Challenge - West Yorkshire Police launch latest recruitment campaign for police officers (9 Jan 2017)

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West Yorkshire Police are launching their latest recruitment campaign for new police officers. 

On Monday 9 January, members of the public will be able to apply to become a police officer - the latest window will be open for two weeks and closes on 22 January, to allow all aspiring officers to send in their applications. 

Last year West Yorkshire Police announced it is aiming to recruit around 300 new police officers, 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. 

West Yorkshire Police introduced a Positive Action Co-Ordinator in April last year, 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. 

Following the last recruitment window in September, there were a total of 1,240 applicants and out of those 26 per cent applied were from diverse groups and backgrounds. 

A total of 376 recruits have already begun training with West Yorkshire Police between April and December 2016. 

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle, said: "As we enter into the New Year, we are searching for enthusiastic candidates who are seeking a new career and a new challenge. West Yorkshire Police are once again recruiting for new police officers and I would urge anyone interested in a career in the police to apply. 

"During the past 12 months, we have had an brilliant response to our recruitment windows with thousands of people applying to become police officers and PCSOs. We are looking for the very best to join the Force and have been delighted with the incredibly high standards of applicants we have had so far. 

"Becoming a police officer is a job like no other; it is an exciting opportunity for anyone considering a new role to see what West Yorkshire Police is all about. 

"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 all the information provided on our website and social media that we are running and apply to join the Force." 

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I was pleased to be able to set a budget last year to enable the recruitment of hundreds more additional police officers, and once again open up the recruitment process to external candidates for the first time in many years in starting to help rebuild numbers and visibility.

"The New Year is classically a time for people looking for a new challenge or a change of career and being a police officer in West Yorkshire is a brilliant opportunity. I would encourage anyone interested to have a look at the fantastic resources on West Yorkshire Police's website, including PC Ditta's leading coordination work, and take advantage of the opportunities offered through the planned web chats." 

Two live web chats have been planned for Thursday 5 January 7-8pm and Monday 9 January 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.

For more information about how to apply, please visit the West Yorkshire Police website where the application form will be available: 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.

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