DORSET Police will recruit new Police Constables in the first external campaign in four years.
The Force will take in 12-16 new officers in 2014/15 and has plans for another 12-16 in 2015/16, dependent on Force demand.
A high level of interest is expected in the positions, with an online pre-assessment selection tool being used by Dorset Police.
Chief Constable of Dorset Police Debbie Simpson said: “I’d encourage anyone who is interested in this extremely rewarding role to visit our website and find out more – it is a fantastic opportunity to join the Dorset Police team and make a difference.
“It is likely that we will receive significant interest and increased traffic through our website. I would like to remind everyone not to rush to get online. The pre-assessment tool will be available for a whole week from Wednesday 30th October and users will likely find the process more efficient if they wait some time before starting their application.”
Dorset Police has not held an external recruitment campaign since September 2009.
“Despite operating in austere times, we have to balance the workforce” added Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill. “It is right that we bring new officers into the policing family.
“We are striving to provide a more visible force, with an emphasis on neighbouring policing. Until my election, the recruitment of Police Constables was frozen indefinitely. The new Chief Constable and I reversed the decision.
“A police officer’s role is about more than working to reduce crime. It is now just as much about reducing the fear of crime, working in partnership with communities to make a real difference and improve quality of life for everyone.”