Spire FM – News – Do you have what it takes? Wiltshire Police need new officers

Wiltshire’s set to have a new set of bobbies on the beat soon, as the force is taking in applications for new officers.

From today (Monday September 4th), for the next four weeks, anyone can register their interest in becoming a police constable.

Wiltshire Police had a recruitment freeze for a few years, but is now boosting staffing numbers.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, it’s a long process – we’ve got until 11.00pm on Sunday October 1st to register online and complete an eligibility form.

That includes details of our educational qualifications.

After you pass that stage, there’s the full application form, followed by assessments, medicals, fitness tests, references and vetting checks.

It takes a number of months to go through to the training sessions.

Chief Constable Mike Veale says:

“We can offer fantastic opportunities in different career paths with varied and challenging policing roles across Wiltshire. Boosting our numbers in all the roles that make up frontline policing teams is part of our long term plan.

“We need to attract, train and retain talented individuals who put people first and continue to give the public an excellent policing service, keeping people safe and working with local communities to reduce harm and and the risk of crime.”


The recruitment process is open now will remain so until Sunday October 1st.

Wiltshire Police say they’re looking for a diverse range of candidates with different life experiences, genders, ethnic backgrounds, religions and sexual orientation.

The role of a Police Constable includes:

  • Working with partners and the public to improve the safety of the local community
  • Responding to calls for assistance from the public, recording and investigating crime and helping the community to resolve issues
  • Carrying out mobile and foot patrols, seeking to reassure the public and proactively working towards preventing and detecting offences
  • Attending and investigating traffic accidents, working with other agencies to improve road safety
  • Interviewing suspects, witnesses and victims, establishing facts and compiling case files for prosecutions and other further action
  • Arresting and detaining suspects and gathering evidence to enable the fair and just prosecution of offenders

You can find out more by visiting their website at www.wiltshire.police.uk/jobs


Later this month, there’ll also be a chance to apply to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) as well.

That recruitment window opens on Monday September 25th.

PCSOs don’t arrest people or investigate serious crimes, but are a way of providing reassurance and a visible presence for the public.

They also work with partner agencies like schools and housing associations to solve local problems and raise awareness of certain issues.

Other parts of their role include:

  • Community liaison and promoting safety
  • Investigating and supporting community events
  • Working with local organisation to gain public trust
  • Community foot patrols and gathering local intelligence
  • Traffic control

You can also email Wiltshire Police with any questions or queries about the role on applications@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

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