Thousands register interest in becoming police officer
Thousands of people have registered an interest in becoming an officer with Northumbria Police, to the delight of officials.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, has welcomed an ‘overwhelming’ response to the force’s latest recruitment drive in a bid to get more police officers on the streets.
A total of 185 are currently being recruited in Northumbria but Miss McGuinness aims to secure additional funding to recruit new police officers above and beyond the money the Government is providing
She said: “In the first three months of the recruitment campaign Northumbria saw more than 3,000 people register their interest, with more than 1,000 of these going on to submit applications.
“I’m pleased to say the force has begun its biggest recruitment campaign since at least 2010.
“Austerity has seen the force lose more than 1,100 officers, as well as civilian staff that play their role in fighting crime.
“Repairing this damage will not be easy, and again, we will not see results overnight, but I’m heartened by the interest so far.”
The force is currently in the process of training 78 new officers and a further 80 are due to start this March.
Miss McGuinness added: “I am of course pleased that we are finally starting to see increases in the number of police officers on our streets.
“But after a decade of austerity it is clear that replacing our 1,100 lost police officers will take time.”