Wiltshire Police to start recruitment

This Is Wiltshire: Chief Constable Pat Geenty Chief Constable Pat Geenty

Wiltshire Police will become the first force in the south west to recruit new officers since the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010, when the application process starts tomorrow.

The force will be recruiting police officers to create a pool of applicants from which to fill 15 positions, with successful candidates starting work in late 2013 and early 2014.

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 57 and have a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C or equivalent, including Maths and English.

The application process will take around 46 weeks from the initial application stage to the date employment will commence with Wiltshire Police.

Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “I am delighted that we are in a position to open our recruitment for police officers. Although the service is facing many challenges, policing remains an excellent career choice.

“It offers an exceptionally diverse career in public service, offering individuals the chance to make a real difference to local communities.”

All applicants must reside within Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall, Thames Valley, Dorset, Hampshire or South Wales in order to apply.

Current Wiltshire Police staff and members of the public are welcome to apply, with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police.

The initial salary will be £19,000 per year and applicants will be required to be physically fit and in good health, have good unaided vision and hold a full UK driving licence by the start date.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson said: “I am very pleased that the Constabulary is starting the process to recruit new police officers.

“I have said that having frontline officers out on the beat within our local communities is very important to me and recruiting new officers will ensure that we continue to do just that.

“Being a police officer can be a very challenging and rewarding job to do with a range of development opportunities.

“Our Police should reflect our communities and I would particularly encourage people from minority ethnic communities to consider applying for this very interesting career opportunity in Wiltshire and Swindon.”

Wiltshire Police will open recruitmen at 4pm tomorrow via the online pre-assessment tool, a link to which will be available on the Wiltshire Police website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Applications will be monitored and will be closed once required levels of interest have been met. Applicants must apply via the online pre assessment tool which can only be hosted on the following browsers -Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3.6, Google Chrome 8, Safari 5 (Mac and PC).
The online pre assessment tool has not been developed for mobile platforms (iPads, tablets, iPhones etc) so applicants will need to use a laptop or normal computer.

For more information please call the dedicated HR Recruitment phoneline on 01380 734 132 or email policerecruit@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

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5:12pm Tue 22 Jan 13

trowbridge52 says...

are we talking proper policeman here or we talking the ones that have no powers or 'plastic police men' as i call them x
are we talking proper policeman here or we talking the ones that have no powers or 'plastic police men' as i call them x trowbridge52
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8:22pm Tue 22 Jan 13

monkton_dad says...

trowbridge52. If you read the article you will notice that it say's "Police Officers" not PCSO's. So yes Police Officers are being recruited.
Also you can read what PCSO's can do here:
http://www.policecom
munitysupportofficer
.com/welcome.html
trowbridge52. If you read the article you will notice that it say's "Police Officers" not PCSO's. So yes Police Officers are being recruited. Also you can read what PCSO's can do here: http://www.policecom munitysupportofficer .com/welcome.html monkton_dad
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8:46pm Tue 22 Jan 13

monkton_dad says...

trowbridge52 or if you are talking about Specials who give their time freely to support their community: then go here: http://www.wiltshire
.police.uk/index.php
?option=com_content&
view=article&id=110&
Itemid=124
trowbridge52 or if you are talking about Specials who give their time freely to support their community: then go here: http://www.wiltshire .police.uk/index.php ?option=com_content& view=article&id=110& Itemid=124 monkton_dad
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11:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

trowbridge52 says...

monkton_dad wrote:
trowbridge52 or if you are talking about Specials who give their time freely to support their community: then go here: http://www.wiltshire

.police.uk/index.php

?option=com_content&
amp;
view=article&id=
110&
Itemid=124
no specials are volunteers who have the same powers as a police officer CPSO's get paid but dont have the same powers dont understand that really should be the other way round x
[quote][p][bold]monkton_dad[/bold] wrote: trowbridge52 or if you are talking about Specials who give their time freely to support their community: then go here: http://www.wiltshire .police.uk/index.php ?option=com_content& amp; view=article&id= 110& Itemid=124[/p][/quote]no specials are volunteers who have the same powers as a police officer CPSO's get paid but dont have the same powers dont understand that really should be the other way round x trowbridge52
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6:53am Wed 23 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police."

Positive discrimination anybody...?
"...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police." Positive discrimination anybody...? Mrs Donnyfly
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11:58am Wed 23 Jan 13

monkton_dad says...

trowbridge52: The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. 'Specials', as special constables are known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries, or any number of other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community.
Specials:
Once they have completed their training, they have the same powers as regular officers and wear a similar uniform.

PCOS's are trained to do specific tasks and are employed as police staff (37 hrs per week). Police staff do not have powers of arrest. Same as any police staff working in their job be it IT, Emergency Call Centre, or HR etc
Hope this helps!
trowbridge52: The special constabulary is a force of trained volunteers who work with and support their local police. 'Specials', as special constables are known, come from all walks of life - they are teachers, taxi drivers, accountants and secretaries, or any number of other careers - and they all volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to their local police force, forming a vital link between the regular (full-time) police and the local community. Specials: Once they have completed their training, they have the same powers as regular officers and wear a similar uniform. PCOS's are trained to do specific tasks and are employed as police staff (37 hrs per week). Police staff do not have powers of arrest. Same as any police staff working in their job be it IT, Emergency Call Centre, or HR etc Hope this helps! monkton_dad
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12:51pm Wed 23 Jan 13

conkir says...

trowbridge52 wrote:
are we talking proper policeman here or we talking the ones that have no powers or 'plastic police men' as i call them x
yes they are for police officers,the only difference being a £4000 wage cut from current starting levels.thankyou Mrs home sectretary.
[quote][p][bold]trowbridge52[/bold] wrote: are we talking proper policeman here or we talking the ones that have no powers or 'plastic police men' as i call them x[/p][/quote]yes they are for police officers,the only difference being a £4000 wage cut from current starting levels.thankyou Mrs home sectretary. conkir
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7:38am Thu 24 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

trowbridge52 wrote:
are we talking proper policeman here or we talking the ones that have no powers or 'plastic police men' as i call them x
If everyone called them by their proper name...constables, then there would be no confusion.
[quote][p][bold]trowbridge52[/bold] wrote: are we talking proper policeman here or we talking the ones that have no powers or 'plastic police men' as i call them x[/p][/quote]If everyone called them by their proper name...constables, then there would be no confusion. Mrs Donnyfly
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8:33am Thu 24 Jan 13

melkshamwizard says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police."

Positive discrimination anybody...?
if the person is goodenought to do the job it doesnt matter what race they are,if no one form the ethnic ,community applies for the job you cant blame the police,wonder how many of those applicants have applied just to keep thier job seekers allowance,this is a ploy used by many people,as long as they apply for a job its ok
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police." Positive discrimination anybody...?[/p][/quote]if the person is goodenought to do the job it doesnt matter what race they are,if no one form the ethnic ,community applies for the job you cant blame the police,wonder how many of those applicants have applied just to keep thier job seekers allowance,this is a ploy used by many people,as long as they apply for a job its ok melkshamwizard
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7:40am Fri 25 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

melksham wizard wrote:
...wonder how many of those applicants have applied just to keep thier job seekers allowance,this is a ploy used by many people,as long as they apply for a job its ok.

Isn't that the deal with jobseeker's allowance - one has to apply for jobs to get it? Doing what is required is hardly a ploy. If your implication is that the applicants might include the feckless workshy, then I would have to wonder just how many of those have have a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C or equivalent, including Maths and English.
melksham wizard wrote: ...wonder how many of those applicants have applied just to keep thier job seekers allowance,this is a ploy used by many people,as long as they apply for a job its ok. Isn't that the deal with jobseeker's allowance - one has to apply for jobs to get it? Doing what is required is hardly a ploy. If your implication is that the applicants might include the feckless workshy, then I would have to wonder just how many of those have have a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C or equivalent, including Maths and English. Mrs Donnyfly
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9:45am Fri 25 Jan 13

melkshamwizard says...

they dont have to get interview only apply for the job ,put it on thier list and bingo you keep your job seekers
they dont have to get interview only apply for the job ,put it on thier list and bingo you keep your job seekers melkshamwizard
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3:31pm Sun 27 Jan 13

merulius says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police."

Positive discrimination anybody...?
Yes. And your point is?

In an ideal world, the police force (and other public-facing services) would reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area that they serve.

I could give the numerous reasons why this is a "good thing", but I fear I might overtax your attention span.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police." Positive discrimination anybody...?[/p][/quote]Yes. And your point is? In an ideal world, the police force (and other public-facing services) would reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area that they serve. I could give the numerous reasons why this is a "good thing", but I fear I might overtax your attention span. merulius
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5:15pm Sun 27 Jan 13

notscot says...

merulius wrote:
Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police."

Positive discrimination anybody...?
Yes. And your point is?

In an ideal world, the police force (and other public-facing services) would reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area that they serve.

I could give the numerous reasons why this is a "good thing", but I fear I might overtax your attention span.
But this isn't an ideal world and try as they might - a lot of those who are using positive discrimination aren't, at times, capable of ensuring that the candidate is first fit for the role. They believe they MUST discriminate and hide behind the word "positive" to avoid any accusations of negative discrimination.

I don't see the balance in being unable to discriminate AGAINST people for ANY reason but being allowed to discrimate in FAVOUR of a person simply on the grounds that they belong to a minority group.

You have to be capable in the first instance - and the most capable should get the job, regardless.

It helps no-one from any ethnic or minority background to have to face the public belief that they are only "second-best" at best, or "second-rate" at worst. Only picked for the job because they "fit the minority bill", because like it or not - that's how positive discrimination is viewed by many.

You make the point that "public facing services" should "reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area they serve". Too much emphasis on "public-facing" roles. The general workforce, regardless, should be a reflection of those who live in the area.

Choosing candidates by attempting to represent the general ethnicity & diversity of the region PRIOR to evaluating capability/suitabili
ty is a recipe for disaster rather than equality.

I'll give that discrimination has been practised openly in the past and is unacceptable - as is any continuing "covert" practise by a minority of employers.

Continuing the education of the young is the best way forward. Allowing us to learn & grow and leave discrimination in the past is a far better way forward than trying to force it, knock it, or frighten it out of us
[quote][p][bold]merulius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police." Positive discrimination anybody...?[/p][/quote]Yes. And your point is? In an ideal world, the police force (and other public-facing services) would reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area that they serve. I could give the numerous reasons why this is a "good thing", but I fear I might overtax your attention span.[/p][/quote]But this isn't an ideal world and try as they might - a lot of those who are using positive discrimination aren't, at times, capable of ensuring that the candidate is first fit for the role. They believe they MUST discriminate and hide behind the word "positive" to avoid any accusations of negative discrimination. I don't see the balance in being unable to discriminate AGAINST people for ANY reason but being allowed to discrimate in FAVOUR of a person simply on the grounds that they belong to a minority group. You have to be capable in the first instance - and the most capable should get the job, regardless. It helps no-one from any ethnic or minority background to have to face the public belief that they are only "second-best" at best, or "second-rate" at worst. Only picked for the job because they "fit the minority bill", because like it or not - that's how positive discrimination is viewed by many. You make the point that "public facing services" should "reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area they serve". Too much emphasis on "public-facing" roles. The general workforce, regardless, should be a reflection of those who live in the area. Choosing candidates by attempting to represent the general ethnicity & diversity of the region PRIOR to evaluating capability/suitabili ty is a recipe for disaster rather than equality. I'll give that discrimination has been practised openly in the past and is unacceptable - as is any continuing "covert" practise by a minority of employers. Continuing the education of the young is the best way forward. Allowing us to learn & grow and leave discrimination in the past is a far better way forward than trying to force it, knock it, or frighten it out of us notscot
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11:49pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

merulius wrote:
Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
"...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police."

Positive discrimination anybody...?
Yes. And your point is?

In an ideal world, the police force (and other public-facing services) would reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area that they serve.

I could give the numerous reasons why this is a "good thing", but I fear I might overtax your attention span.
Nothing wrong with my attention span so feel free to give as many reasons as you want.

Do you think it is a good thing that instead of being recruited on individual characteristics, the police are now being recruited on their race so as to reach certain targets to make the force look non-racist?

Martin Luther King once said that he had a dream that people would one day be no longer judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character - it would seem that in today's society we would have people no longer judged by the content of their character but by the colour of their skin.
[quote][p][bold]merulius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: "...with applications particularly encouraged from minority ethnic communities, as they are presently under-represented within Wiltshire Police." Positive discrimination anybody...?[/p][/quote]Yes. And your point is? In an ideal world, the police force (and other public-facing services) would reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area that they serve. I could give the numerous reasons why this is a "good thing", but I fear I might overtax your attention span.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with my attention span so feel free to give as many reasons as you want. Do you think it is a good thing that instead of being recruited on individual characteristics, the police are now being recruited on their race so as to reach certain targets to make the force look non-racist? Martin Luther King once said that he had a dream that people would one day be no longer judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character - it would seem that in today's society we would have people no longer judged by the content of their character but by the colour of their skin. Mrs Donnyfly
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