Have you got what it takes? Sussex Police launches police officer recruitment
Monday (9 March) saw the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of police officer recruitment. This launch focuses on recruiting for non-degree holders and runs for two weeks closing on Monday, 23 March.
Policing in the 21st Century is facing new professional challenges and the communities served by the police are increasingly diverse and complex, with differing needs and priorities.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is an exciting new route open to those wishing to have a career in policing. The PCDA is a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off the job learning. All successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying for a degree, whilst being paid a salary. Individuals will not be charged any tuition fees – so there is no need for student loans.
Upon successful completion of the programme and probationary period, individuals will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. The starting salary is £22,380 per annum (including South East Allowance of £1,500).
Depending upon vacancies available in force there is the opportunity to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing.
Chief Constable Giles York said: “I am really pleased to welcome applications for our 2021 police officer recruitment.
"Policing will appeal to those who want to make a difference, offering a lifetime of opportunities and I appeal particularly to those who may never have thought policing was for them.
"We are looking to attract the next generation of police officers. A career as a police officer is very challenging with exceptional job satisfaction and just so rewarding; for example long hours, shift-work, responding to possibly traumatic incidents and seeing the very real, sometimes life-changing, if not life-saving, differences you can make.
"We are looking for energetic and engaging people with resilience, confidence, compassion and empathy - it’s an incredibly fulfilling career with great opportunities to progress.
"The public will see more policing where it is needed most, always prioritising areas where communities face the greatest challenges.
"Police officers make challenging decisions which impact the public every day. They face complex issues, often in dangerous situations, with growing demands from digital investigation and vulnerable individuals.
"In short, they really change people's lives."
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased that the recruitment window is open again for police officers in Sussex, continuing our biggest recruitment drive in a decade.
"I know from speaking extensively to residents that they value their police force very highly and they want to see more visible policing in the areas where they live and work.
"Sussex residents deserve the very best police force and I am confident that we will attract high calibre candidates.
"So, if you feel you have what it takes and want to play a vital role in your community, apply today!”
Careers don’t come more personally rewarding that this. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people, dealing with people when they are at their most vulnerable and being the person everyone looks to for help. A police officer’s role is demanding and diverse.
If you have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need, who’ll have your colleagues’ back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day then we want to hear from you.
For more information visit our recruitment page or apply.
Sussex Police celebrates women in policing with landmark careers event
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020, Sussex Police welcomed more than a hundred people to its first Women in Policing careers event on Thursday 5 March in Crawley.
Attendees got the chance to meet staff and officers to find out first-hand what it’s like to work for the force and the wide variety of roles available. The event, held at the Arora Hotel, was aimed mainly at women, but was open to all to attract a cross-section of those interested in a career in policing.
Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who began her policing career in Norfolk as a PC probationer in 1993, was among officers who shared their inspiring career journey with the audience.
“To me, International Women’s Day is about recognising the impressive work that my female colleagues and friends do every day.
“We are at a point in history where we have more women police officers than at any other time. This event presents an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women officers and to help us continue to create a more inclusive organisation, better reflecting the communities we serve.
“It builds on the success of the first UK Policing Gender Equality Summit in November 2019, when Sussex Police, supported by UN Women, brought together all 43 UK police forces to advance gender equality and improve representation of women in policing, particularly at senior levels.
“In celebrating the amazing women who work for our force – and male colleagues who champion them - this careers event will help us attract and retain the best possible talent, so that we can better represent and serve our community.”
A range of roles and specialisms were showcased by officers and staff at the event, from forensics and firearms to working in investigations, including both civilian and officer roles.
Chief Inspector Di Lewis, who recently became District Commander of Lewes and Eastbourne, was one of the female officers who took part in the event.
“As women, we bring fantastic skills to police work and it’s important we celebrate our achievements. As women, we often don’t believe in ourselves and our abilities. This evening is about being aware of our successes and how good we are.
“I joined Sussex Police in 1993 as a PC, and the force has been a fantastic employer in supporting me through having a child and being a single mum. Through this kind of support, we ensure we retain women officers so they can reach their full potential, reaching senior ranks. I am Mental Health Lead for Sussex Police, and mentor both men and women to support their career progression and personal growth.”
For those interested in becoming a dog handler, PC Stephanie Barrett was at the event to share what it’s like to have her dream job.
“I’ve always loved animals, and I joined the police force specifically to become a dog handler. From day one it’s all I wanted to do.
“The role is more than just a job; it's a partnership between dog and handler that lasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both my police dogs live with me – Gem is a general purpose German Shephard and Basil is a specialist "sniffer" Spaniel.
“As a police officer, the hardest thing about my job is that we see both the best and worst of life, but I am lucky to have the best crew mates in the world.”
Other departments and networks attending the event included traffic police, investigations, vetting and PCSOs. The Recruitment team were there to promote job opportunities, and give advice about eligibility and fitness. Sussex’s Positive Action Team and Evolve, the staff support group for gender were also there to provide inspiration and advice.
International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the achievements of women whilst also highlighting that action still needs to happen in order to reach gender equality.
The IWD 2020 campaign theme is being #EachforEqual, with a focus on how equality is not a women's issue, it's everyone’s responsibility, individually and collectively.
Sussex Police was the first police force globally to collaborate with the United Nations on their gender equality initiative, HeForShe, and in 2017 Chief Constable Giles York became the first HeForShe Global Champion for Law Enforcement.
Through the pioneering work of Sussex Superintendent Miles Ockwell, all the policing organisations in the UK have now signed up to the HeForShe commitments to improve the gender balance both in police workforces and the community; and to continue to work to combat domestic abuse and sexual abuse in society.
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