West Yorkshire Police recruitment windows opens next week for aspiring police officers (4 Sept 2017)

Ever wondered if you've got what it takes to become a police officer? West Yorkshire Police are once again opening their latest recruitment window for aspiring police officers.

From 11 September, 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 23 September, to allow candidates to send in their applications.

Last February, West Yorkshire Police announced its aim to recruit 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 ongoing commitment to represent the communities they serve.

West Yorkshire Police introduced a Force Positive Action Co-Ordinator last year, to help promote the police service as a career option to diverse groups and communities. As part of his role, PC Amjad Ditta regularly holds workshops and seminars to offer advice and assist people with the application process.

Following the last recruitment window in January, there were a total of 1,531 applicants during the two week window and out of those 25 per cent applied were from diverse groups and backgrounds.

A total of 688 recruits have already begun training with West Yorkshire Police between April 2016 and July 2017.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic candidates who are looking for a new challenge or career to apply and see what West Yorkshire Police has to offer. This latest recruitment window is open for two weeks in September and we are looking forward to welcoming the new cohorts of officers.

"During the past 18 months, we have had a phenomenal response from our communities to our recruitment windows, with thousands of people applying to be part of our West Yorkshire Police family. As a result 592 new police officers have already been deployed into our Districts. We are again looking for a high calibre of applicants to join the Force and we are looking forward to putting our successful applicants through their paces at our state-of-the-art training facility.

"Becoming a police officer is a privilege and a job like no other; this is an exciting opportunity for anyone considering a new role or career to apply and 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 we are keen to receive applications from people from the LGBT community, people with disabilities and people of BME backgrounds. However, everyone will go through the exact same application process to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I was pleased to be able to set a budget earlier this year to allow the recruitment of hundreds of police officers. I know just how important a visible presence is and this recruitment is crucial in maintaining a proper service.

"Our police service should represent the communities it serves and West Yorkshire Police have made strides in engaging and encouraging people from across West Yorkshire to apply.

"Becoming a police officer is a fantastic opportunity. If you're looking for a challenge, a varied career and are passionate about making a difference in your community, I would strongly encourage you to apply."

For more information about applicant requirements, vetting FAQs and 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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