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BEDFORDSHIRE PCC KEEPS PROMISE BOOSTING POLICE FRONT LINE BY 10%
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner – Kathryn Holloway, has fulfilled her promise to assist the introduction of new officers as nearly 200 are set to join – boosting the front line by almost 10 per cent. 
 
PCC Holloway made a commitment in her Police & Crime plan to increase visible policing across Bedfordshire , and has now announced  further opportunities for up and coming police officers in Bedfordshire . 
 
A total of 196 new officers are to be recruited; 56 are already in training, with another 40 set to start in March.  A further 100 officers will be recruited across 2017/18 with six intakes – starting in July this year. The new recruits introduced under Commissioner Holloway’s administration will see officer numbers going from 1,026 to 1,126 serving the county.   
 
PCC Kathryn Holloway said: “When I came into the role as PCC I made the public a promise that I would free as much of the budget as possible to enable recruitment of brand new police officers for highly visible policing in communities.
 
“Last year we were able to recruit a total of 96 new officers. Between now and the end of 2018 a further 100 will be recruited.
 
“To achieve the maximum benefit of new, more visible, policing in communities I want these new officers to be based in areas where I’ve supported the Force in introducing Policing Hubs to deal with local crime in Luton, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and shortly, the mid-Bedfordshire villages around Ampthill.”
 
The first 96 police officers will be welcomed to the Force at the beginning of 2017; Bedfordshire is encouraging candidates from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds to apply, as part of a drive to be more reflective of the communities in Bedfordshire. Around a third of the new recruits already enrolled are from BME backgrounds.
 
Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “We continue to be more proactive in our approach to recruitment, spending time in the community talking to people about careers with the force and opportunities available. The support we have received has been fantastic, and shows there is a lot of interest in joining.

“Bedfordshire Police is committed to recruiting the very best people to the force; each applicant must pass a rigorous recruitment process which demonstrates they meet the very high standards we expect from all our officers. The people we recruit now will be the lifeblood of the force for years to come.”
 
The application process is now open and candidates are invited to apply online. Applications will close at midnight on 5 February 2017. To find out more information and download an application form go to: http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/