Page last updated at 12:59 GMT, Tuesday, 11 May 2010 13:59 UK

Northern Constabulary seeks new police officers

Police uniform
The police force hopes to recruit 24 new officers

A police force is looking to recruit 24 new officers after the number of officers leaving turned out to be higher than it had expected.

Northern Constabulary has committed to having 800 officers this year.

Chief Constable Ian Latimer said there will be a "brief opportunity" for potential recruits to apply.

Last month, the force said it had transferred £1.6m to frontline policing services from "back office" departments so it could increase officer numbers.

Mr Latimer said: "There will be a short period of recruitment to maintain our establishment and prepare us for the medium term future.

"This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wishes to join the police, as such opportunities may not be repeated for some time."

Meanwhile, the force said its latest performance statistics showed that crime during 2009-10 fell by 12% against the previous year.

Northern Constabulary said the figure equated to almost 2,000 fewer victims of crime.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Sharing aims to save police money
09 May 10 |  Highlands and Islands
Force 'failing' on crime targets
06 Apr 10 |  Highlands and Islands
Levels of absence at force 'low'
19 Feb 10 |  Highlands and Islands

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific