120 new officers to join the ranks of police force

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, has given the go ahead for Lancashire Constabulary to begin recruiting up to 120 new officers over the next 12 months.

The move follows the recruitment of a number of new officer roles last year and will see applications invited between October 1 and 13 via the Lancashire Police website.

We have seen our officer numbers decline significantly but we still have a very good record here in Lancashire of tackling crime and re-offending

Clive Grunshaw

The Commissioner said it was vital that the force welcomed new talent to replace a number of officers who are coming up to retirement or due to leave the force.

He said: “We have seen our officer numbers decline significantly but we still have a very good record here in Lancashire of tackling crime and re-offending.”

Clive Grunshaw also said that a number of officers will take on different roles. He said: “A number of the new recruits will join our Early Action teams and develop this area of our work preventing people entering a life of crime or helping to stop others behaviour escalating out of control.”

Dep Ch Con Andy Rhodes said there was still the need for recruitment despite the reduction in officer numbers overall. He said: “At least 10 police officers leave the force – mainly through retirement – each month.

“We are now in a position where we need to recruit just to ‘stand still’ and to make sure we remain operationally resilient.”

For more information log onto www.lancashire.police.uk