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Consider move to policing in 2019 as research shows majority want to change careers

With new research suggesting that the majority of people say they would change their career if they could, people in Warwickshire are being urged to consider the move to policing in 2019.

The recent survey of 3,190 people found two thirds of respondents (64%) would choose a different career path if they could pick again.

Warwickshire Police is currently recruiting new officers and inspectors, and is looking for candidates who don't have previous policing experience but can demonstrate their diversity of thought and life experience, as well as a passion to make a difference in their community. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum of a level 3 qualification, equivalent to two A levels at grade A-C, or demonstrate previous relevant experience, such as in the armed forces or emergency services.

Those applicants with a degree can apply to become an officer with the force's Police Now programme, which offers support and guidance through the two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme, while candidates with middle management experience can join at inspector level through the Direct Entry Programme.

New officers receive a starting salary of £23,585, rising to £39,150 within the first seven years, as well as access to a range of attractive benefits including pension and a myriad of staff support networks. Inspectors' salaries start at £50,160.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: "The New Year is often a time when people start reconsidering their career options. Joining Warwickshire Police, you'll quickly find that no two days are the same. Policing is a challenging and rewarding career, yet is flexible around family and caring commitments.

"As a police officer, you'll get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out on a new career that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the trusted, familiar face of Warwickshire Police in the community, while our Direct Entry inspectors will be leading from the front, making difficult decisions and managing competing demands.

"We have a strong family ethos, where our friendly teams work closely together to get the job done and where you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one."

PC Tracey Simpson said: "After 15 years in business, I decided I wanted to do a job that was meaningful and one that made me feel proud to go to work. I started looking at joining the police and specifically wanted to be part of Warwickshire Police. I am an older recruit at 38, but age should never stop anyone from thinking about changing their career."

To find out more about applying to become a police officer or inspector with Warwickshire Police, go to https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/careers.