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Warwickshire Police launches recruitment campaign to drive up officer numbers

Warwickshire Police is set to ensure efficient and effective policing across the county by launching a high profile advertising campaign to recruit police officers today (29 October).

In addition to adverts on Free Radio, the force is also utilising public transport in the form of eye-catching bus and bus shelter posters, as well as billboards in key locations.

As well as new student officers, applications are also being sought from transferee officers from other police forces, who may be keen to enjoy all of the benefits of living and working in Warwickshire.

Alex Franklin-Smith, Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing, said: "The campaign aims to reach out to people who want to make a difference to the communities of Warwickshire, whether joining as student police officers, as new officers are known, or experienced police officers transferring from other forces, particularly detectives, child sexual exploitation roles and firearms officers.

"Offering great staff benefits and career prospects, Warwickshire Police has a strong family ethos. We pride ourselves on working closely together to get the job done, and you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one.

"The nature of policing means that we interact with people from different backgrounds every day. Warwickshire is increasingly diverse, and it is vital that our workforce reflects our communities, so we particularly welcome applications from women and people with black and minority ethnic backgrounds." 

The campaign aims to deliver on Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe's promise to spend the whole of this year's police precept increase on frontline posts.

Philip said: "An efficient and fully resourced workforce will enable us to serve and protect the public and deliver our vision of creating a safer, more secure Warwickshire. I have made sure the force has the resources it needs to boost officer numbers and ensure that the new recruits are placed where the demand for services is needed most."

Faz Chishty is a Chief Inspector with Warwickshire Police and features in the recruitment campaign. He said: "I've been with Warwickshire Police for 24 years now, and I'm very proud to be one of the faces of the campaign.

"I joined the force aged 19 in 1994 as a police constable and I have never looked back. I was drawn to policing from an early age, as my older brother was an officer. I was fascinated by his experiences, and the more I learned, the more my desire to join the service developed.

"Being within the service has surpassed my expectations and I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have worked across Warwickshire. I have had the privilege to work in a variety of different roles, both in and out of uniform, which has allowed me to help people, something which is close to my heart. I have always been encouraged and supported in my career, which has allowed me to progress through the ranks. 

"The best thing about working for Warwickshire Police is that we have a strong family feel and I would encourage people to become part of our family."

To apply for any of these roles with Warwickshire Police, search online for Warwickshire Police jobs.