West Yorkshire Police are looking for aspiring constables to join the ranks (23 Feb 2018)

Recruit _newHave you got what it takes become a police officer? West Yorkshire Police are looking for aspiring constables to join the ranks.

The recruitment window for police officers will open on 26 February for two weeks until 11 March.

All successful applicants will start a 13 week training programme at the state-of-the-art Training and Development Centre at Carr Gate in Wakefield - putting them through their paces to become a police officer of the future.

New officers will then have their official Attestation ceremony to formally welcome them to West Yorkshire Police and be deployed into one of the five districts in West Yorkshire to begin their service.

Following the last recruitment window in September, there were a total of 1,660 applications during the two week window and out of those 29 per cent applied were from underrepresented groups and backgrounds including BME, LGBT and people with disabilities.

Avatar _pcIn April 2016, West Yorkshire Police have been able to recruit externally and since then a total of 1,049 new recruits have already begun training to become police officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Over the course of the next two weeks, we are hoping to find enthusiastic, ambitious and tenacious applicants who are looking for a fulfilling and challenging career. The latest recruitment window for police officers is opening at the end of February into the beginning of March.

"The variety of roles within our policing family is extensive and there really is something for everyone. Becoming a police officer is a career like no other and it is a real privilege to serve and help keep our communities safe.

"We are committed to increase the diversity of our organisations and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has ever considered a career with the police to come and join us and see what an exciting, challenging and above all rewarding career it can be.

"We are keen to receive applications from people from underrepresented groups such as the LGBT community, people with disabilities and BME backgrounds. The recruitment and application process is the same for each and everyone who applies to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally."

Recruitment _timeline _infographicMark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I was pleased to be able to set a budget a few weeks ago to allow the further recruitment of police officers and staff and it's especially good to see it making a difference so soon which is what the public want to see and why I proposed to raise more funding locally.

"I know just how important a visible presence and availability is to our communities and this further recruitment is crucial in helping to rebuild the frontline and our Neighbourhood Policing Teams. It also allows for more engagement and inclusion of our communities in policing and wider community safety issues with our partners.

"Becoming a police officer or working for West Yorkshire Police is a fantastic opportunity and a way to make a real difference. If you're looking for a challenge and a varied career I would strongly encourage you to apply."

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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