Lancashire Police have been given the go-ahead to recruit 120 new officers over the next year.
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw made the announcement saying: “This follows an extremely tough time that hasn’t been easy for anyone in the force. 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.”
The new officers will replace those scheduled to retire or leave the force in the next 12 months. Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said there was still a need for recruitment despite the reduction in officer numbers overall.
“At least 10 police officers leave the constabulary – mainly through retirement – each month,” he revealed. “We are now in a position where we need to recruit just to ‘stand still’ and to make sure we remain operationally resilient.
“We have made significant changes to the recruitment process this time as we realise that the previous method of phoning for an application pack was dated. We have listened to the feedback and we have improved the process to make it fairer.
“The way we police our communities has changed significantly over recent years and we are keen to recruit resilient individuals with a high level of empathy to meet the demands of modern day policing. We are also keen to hear from people with experience of dealing with vulnerable members of the community, in particular those with a background in mental health.”
Applications will be invited between October 1 and 13 on the force’s website.