FOURTEEN new police officers jobs were advertised yesterday following the decision in December by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, to remove the longstanding freeze on recruitment.
The Commissioner said it’s important that Staffordshire Police introduces new blood to ensure the best policing into the future: “I want Staffordshire to have the best police service in the country by 2016 and we need fresh thinking, effective technology and the brightest and best people to help make that a reality.
“Importantly this, and future, recruitment of officers will be based entirely on the merit and quality of those applying. I’ve made the decision that traditional methods of random selection when applicant numbers are high will no longer be the way things are done in Staffordshire.
“The Police expect demand for these jobs to be high so it’s a real opportunity to bring in the very best and ensure merit is at the heart of who’s successful – not bureaucracy. I think Staffordshire people would expect the very best public servants and that’s what we’ll get.”