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Force organise career webinars in light of virus outbreak

March 24, 2020
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Force organise career webinars in light of virus outbreak

Nottinghamshire Police has changed the way it is dealing with recruitment in a bid to ensure people can still join the force despite the Coronavirus outbreak.

Yesterday the force revealed it is so far ahead with its plans that it will now recruit an extra 150 extra police officers over the next 12 months - on top of the 280 officers already secured this financial year.

The force very much wants to continue with its current recruitment programme despite the current times. The virus has meant the stopping of face to face events to encourage people to join the force.

This move is a direct impact of coronavirus and social distancing, meaning that the usual events simply were not possible.

Now the force has set up interactive webinars to help keep up the recruitment drive.

Superintendent Verma, who is leading the recruitment drive for the force, said: “It is even more important than ever to continue with recruitment as we need to have as many people join us as soon as we can, especially given the current times.

"If anyone is in a position where they have been laid off we do have police staff opportunities that people can apply for so we can help support local people.

“We've moved quickly to ensure that we didn't cancel the events which were pre-planned as we are still keen to engage with potential new staff and officers.

"We've hosted four online webinars so far this month and they've gone down really well. We've had to think outside the box a little, but the feedback from everyone has been really positive and encouraging. We've got more than 900 people registered so far on these sessions.

"The force is open for business and for anyone who has recently lost a job due to the virus or been impacted in some way, we'd love to hear from you. We are also looking to expand our volunteer sector, so if it’s simply helping your local community, please get in touch”

"During the webinars, we'll be able to speak to you directly and answer any questions you might have - whether it be for a police officer role or a staff vacancy."

The webinars are about an hour long and the force's People Services Inspector Preston-Davies and other members of the Uplift Team will be on-hand to answer any questions you have.

The vast majority of new officers being recruited will be deployed in Neighbourhood Policing roles across Nottinghamshire and as part of the expansion of Operation Reacher, which is being rolled out to all parts of the city and county.

There will also be more dedicated Beat Officers as part of the growth in numbers. The remainder will go into Public Protection, Crime Investigation, Cyber Crime, Fraud plus additional Knife Crime and Robbery Team officers. They will help drive down crime and support victims.

To sign up for our next event please visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/careers/working-for-us-police-officer/seminar

Tuesday 24 March 2020 18:30 – 20:30

Register online at www.policeofficer24.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 27 March 13:00-15:00

Register online at www.27policeofficer1300.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 27 March 2020 18:00 – 20:00

Register online at www.policeofficer27.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 31 March 13:00-15:00

Register online at www.31policeofficer1300.eventbrite.co.uk

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