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Nottinghamshire Community leaders help promote future recruitment campaigns

November 9, 2017
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A number of community leaders were invited to Nottinghamshire Police Force Headquarters on Tuesday 7 November to help spread awareness of recruitment opportunities in 2018.

Leaders of local faith groups, community associations and local education authorities heard about the force’s future recruitment plans and also gave their ideas on how to encourage talented people to apply from their communities.

They were given a tour around Force Headquarters and met staff, officers and volunteers from the dog section, firearms and Citizens in Policing, as well as the force’s support networks.

The leaders then heard from Chief Constable Craig Guildford and Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

Mr Guildford said: “Thanks to everyone who attended and gave their opinions and feedback. We are going to continue recruiting throughout the force as we want to be both a significant local employer and an employer of choice.

“Nottinghamshire has such a diverse community and we need to tap into that and the range of skills and experience each person can bring.“2018 will see plenty of opportunities, not just for police officers and PCSOs, but also jobs in the control room and staff roles.

“By inviting community leaders into Force Headquarters, we were able to benefit from their expertise and we have plenty of ideas of how we can spread the word and think outside the box to help us recruit the best possible candidates.

“We want to raise the representation of the BME community within the force from 4% and that’s a challenge, but we are committed to achieving that.”

Mr Tipping added: “It’s great to see so many different groups come together and work together. We are asking for community leaders’ help and advice to reach their communities and promote recruitment.

“We all want a force that represents Nottinghamshire and together we can make a change and a difference, but we need everyone’s help to do that.”

Chair of the Black Police Association, DC Imran Rafiq, addressed the audience asking for their eyes and ears to help bring talent in and let the public know we are recruiting, and Positive Action Co-Ordinator Jo Ratchford invited community leaders to help support recruitment seminars in 2018 and be involved in the interview process.

The end of the event saw participants share their views in regards to recruitment that will help support future campaigns.

To find out about current recruitment opportunities please visit the force’s website: http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/careers/working-for-us-police-officer and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

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