According the cheap Casio digital watch that I wear to work, the time is currently ‘recruitment o’clock’.
Now lots of people over the past few years have asked me ‘when will recruitment o’clock be?’ and I’ve always had to say ‘I’m not sure’, the reason being that I wasn’t sure.
Now though, times have changed.
As you’ll see from the news flash over on our website, Bob Jones, our Police and Crime Commissioner, has confirmed that over the course of the next two years we’ll be looking to recruit 450 new police officers.
This is exciting as it’s been five years since people have been able to apply to join as constables and I think it’s fitting that I am able to write about the new vacancies considering that I was on one of the last intakes before recruitment closed last time round.
Because I’m sure that there’ll be a great deal of interest from people wanting to become rozzers, I thought it might be useful to give some insight into what the role is actually like (good and bad) to help potential applicants make an informed decision.
As such, I plan to write this blog (I’m writing it now, watch!) in which I’ll give a few general considerations and then two following, one of which will highlight the positive points of being an officer and the other which will show some of the drawbacks.
I’ll write honestly as it’s a huge step to join the police, it’s a big commitment and with the job not being for everyone, it’s only fair that people interested in the vacancies know what they’re letting themselves in for.
Right then, in bullet point format here are some general considerations you’ll want to ‘considerate’ -
- Physical fitness is important. You’ll need to not only pass a physical assessment but also maintain a decent level of fitness so that you’re able to pass the annual fitness test.
- It isn’t all paperwork but a lot of the work we do is on computers. A decent grip of IT would be a great benefit as much of the work you do in the station is digital.
- The application process can be a long one. I don’t know how things will run this time round but for me it was two and a half years between posting my form and putting on my uniform.
- As I’ll stress in coming blogs, it’s not for everyone and nor is it easy. It requires a real commitment and you join knowing that you’ll meet people who will hate you from the off, that at some point you may be abused, attacked and still have to respond professionally when you find this happening to you on the wrong side of a long night shift.
- You’re going to be held to a very high standard and will be expected to act accordingly. Wearing the uniform may enable to arrest someone, at the same time though the uniform expects of you that you act with the integrity, honesty and professionalism.
You’ll be able to register you interest in joining West Midlands Police from February 10th and can find out more about the applications over on our recruitment website.
The site has a FAQ and enables you to ask questions also which on the topic, I’m happy to answer questions too if you fancy leaving a comment on this blog, tweeting at me or going onto The Facebook and leaving your query there.
I can’t answer specific questions about the application process as I’ll not know the answers (use the recruitment website for those), but I’ll try to accommodate general queries as best I can and over the next few days, will be uploading the two aforementioned blogs about the realities of doing the job so stay tuned!