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We know that applying to become a Police Officer is a big decision to make. When you have decided to apply, it can be tricky to navigate the quite complex application process.

Our HR Services Officer, Jane Toulmin is here to help…

Police Officer Application Process

Application Hints and Tips

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One Team Different Roles… which will you choose? – Lancashire Constabulary

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More boots, hooves and paws on the ground in Lancashire

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New Police Dogs and Police Horses have joined the team at Lancashire Constabulary. The Dogs Unit and Mounted Branch have benefited from an uplift of officers and four-legged colleagues in order to provide additional resilience and better equip the force to catch people who break the law.

You can meet some of our newbies below *Warning, cuteness overload*

At the Dogs Unit, the handlers cover the whole of the county, no mean feat when you consider their are over 1.5 million residents in the county. The recent uplift of five additional handlers will not only provide the team more support, but also makes the dogs more visible to members of the public. The uplift will increase the number of incidents the dogs can get to, which will have a direct impact on getting positive results.

There’s also an uplift of an additional officer at Mounted Branch which will allow the team to provide a better service to the public, whilst ensuring the horses are still comfortable and happy in their work.


Police Horse Banks

Name: Banks
Age: 10
Breed: Irish Sports Horse
Colour: Bay
Weight: 700kg
Size (hands): 18

Banks (formally known as Fred) has come from a home in West Yorkshire where he enjoyed hacking out and was taken to county level shows. He loves attention and likes to say good morning to people by popping his head out of the door each morning.
He likes the occasional mint but can’t have too many to keep his teeth nice and clean.
Banks is still in training, but he is doing really well. He is very laid back and is a very kind horse who looks after his riders. He doesn’t spook at anything and it won’t be long before he is allocated to a police officer to go out on patrol more regularly.

Banks has been named in memory of 9-year-old Jordan Banks who tragically died after being struck by lightning earlier in the year. Jordan touched the hearts of many officers when he left sweet treats on cars to cheer them up during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jordan was due to visit Mounted and Dogs as a thank you for his kindness, so we feel naming our newest steed after him is a fitting tribute.


Trainee Police Dog Hulk

Then…
Now!

Hulk, joined us earlier in the year. Now at seven months old, he is in the full swing of training. We will be looking to licence him in around five months’ time as a fully trained General Purpose Police Dog. He will already complete most tasks that are asked of him and is now biting training sleeves, chasing down decoys and finding property.  Hulk’s obedience work is fantastic, and he is showing all the signs that he will be a super police dog for the Force.


Storm and Blitz

Police Dog Storm
Police Dog Blitz

Have you picked up on the Marvel superhero theme yet?! Storm and Blitz are now both nine months old.  Their training will begin when their new handlers begin.  The dogs need to be beginners as well as the handlers so that they can learn the role together as a team.  Both are lovely sociable dogs that have a very high drive. The signs are good.


And finally…

Police Dogs Nigel and Arti
Police Dogs Nigel and Arti

Spaniels Nigel (left) and Arti (right) will join us later this month to begin their training as specialist search dogs. Can we get an ‘Awwwwww’?

You can find out more about working at Lancashire Police here.

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Deputy Chief Constable awarded Queen’s Police Medal

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Lancashire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.

Terry Woods was described as an ‘exemplary operational leader’ and an ‘inspiration to officers and staff’ whose calm and considered leadership has proved invaluable at times of crisis.

Terry joined Lancashire Constabulary in July 1996, was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable in June 2017 and promoted to DCC in September 2019. He has responsibility for policing services delivered in all Lancashire’s territorial policing divisions and the control room at our police HQ in Hutton.

Terry has worked in various locations across Lancashire and in numerous roles including Response, Road Policing & Motorway, Support Unit, Child Sexual Exploitation Teams, Neighbourhood Policing and Change Management.

He is an accredited Specialist Strategic Firearms, CBRN, Public Order and Multi Agency Commander and has commanded many large-scale operations over the years including taking command in the early stages of the wide and resolute partnership under the Lancashire Resilience Forum during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Chief Constable, Terry Woods, leads nationally on Police Driver Training.

He said: “I am very humbled but delighted to receive this honour and I would like to thank my family and colleagues for all their support throughout my policing career so far”.

Lancashire Constabulary Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “I am absolutely delighted for Terry. This is a great achievement and richly deserved recognition for a distinguished career. Terry is hugely respected both throughout the force and UK policing in general. It’s a great accolade for both him and the constabulary.”

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Lancashire Police ahead of Police Officer recruitment targets

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Lancashire Police have exceeded their target to recruit an extra 153 officers into the force this year.

In addition to the target set by the Government as part of the Police Uplift Programme, over 60% of the new police officers recruited were female in Lancashire, joining only three other forces nationally to encourage more female recruits.

Some of the officers are already on the beat, having completed all their initial training, whilst others are still polishing their policing skills with tutors.

One of these officers, PC Yasmin Hylton said: “A career as a police officer is varied and offers me the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives which is very rewarding.”

Commenting on the news, Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “We are really pleased to have met our target – every extra officer on the streets is good news for our teams and for the residents of Lancashire.

“I am also pleased to see that we have increased female representation in our officers.  I know we’ve been privileged to attract fantastic candidates, all with different skills and life experiences who will be able to make a real difference to our local communities. The extra officers will be placed in locations where they will have the biggest impact on reducing crime, vulnerability and ASB”

Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said:

“I’m delighted that the force here in Lancashire has been able to bring in more officers and has exceeded its recruitment target, fully utilising the support of additional funding from Government.

“These additional officers will make a real difference, helping us to crack down on crime and deliver on the priorities that the people of Lancashire have told me matter most to them.

“I will work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure the additional resources coming into Lancashire Constabulary are best used to keep the people safe and I will also continue to work constructively with Government on any additional investment into policing in the county.”

Recruitment will continue this year, with plans to recruit more Police Officers and police staff as part of the national Police Uplift Programme.

Anyone interested in working as a Police Officer or any other policing role can find out more and sign up for job alerts at joinus.lancashire.police.uk

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One Team Different Roles… which will you choose?

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As part of the newest Police Officer recruitment campaign to join the Degree Holder Entry Programme, applicants have a choice of routes to apply for. The Detective Entry Programme or Uniformed Officer.

To help you make your choice, we interviewed some of our uniformed officers and detectives so they can introduce you to some of the different roles and departments you could work in…

Uniformed

Detectives

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New Chief Constable joins Lancashire

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Chris Rowley took the position of Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary on Thursday 1 April 2021 – and says he’s very proud to be taking the helm at one of the country’s top performing police forces.

Chris was chosen as Andy Rhodes’ successor in a competitive selection process led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, in December last year. He joins us on promotion from his previous role of Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police, a post he’d held since 2017.

Chris has spent most of his career in West Yorkshire, amassing 25 years’ service working mainly in local policing and crime. As an Ops Manager he successfully reduced the number of repeat burglaries by introducing a predictive policing model, and as a Chief Superintendent he led on major change programmes across the force. He also has vast experience in policing large scale incidents and major events.

Prior to being promoted to T/ACC at South Yorkshire, Chris was Head of the West Yorkshire Police Protective Services Crime Department and Head of the Regional Organised Crime Unit for Yorkshire and the Humber, where he dealt with the most serious and complex crimes facing the force and the county.

Chris was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police in October 2017, leading a broad and challenging portfolio encompassing Corporate Development (Strategic Change, Performance, Audit and Inspection and Demand), Professional Standards, Information Management & Security, Communications and Legal Services.

Chris is married and has two grown up sons. He is a borne and bred Yorkshireman and knows that crossing the Pennines into Lancashire as the first external Chief Constable in thirty years is no mean feat.

Speaking about his appointment to Lancashire Constabulary, CC Rowley said: “I am really looking forward to getting to know the staff in Lancashire for myself, as wherever I go, people always speak so highly of the force and its people. I have always held Lancashire in high regard and consider it a real privilege to serve as Chief Constable.

“I am passionate about delivering the best possible service to our communities and to victims of crime; that’s our core business. I’m also committed to ensuring that our staff have the right training and support to be able to do this. I want to get out and about over the next few weeks and months to meet people, listen to them and talk through ideas that we can develop to ensure we continue to meet those high standards in the future.”

Chris said: “If you see me, please do come and speak to me. I like a good, strong cup of tea and a biscuit and I love speaking to staff and finding out what’s working, what’s not and where I can help continue to improve what is already a fantastic organisation.”

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PC Yasmin Hylton speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live

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PC Yasmin Hylton spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about her experiences as a trainee at Lancashire Police and in particular, her experiences as a mixed race officer.

The interview was part of a review of the BBC drama ‘Red, White and Blue’ written and directed by Steve McQueen charting the experiences of Leroy Logan, an officer in the MET police in the 1980s.

Leroy Logan also took part in the BBC Radio 5 Live interview, and Yasmin explained that her experience of racism in the police couldn’t be any more different to that of Leroy’s.

Yasmin explained: “I have always had a positive experience and having more BAME officers allows us to police our communities better. I know that Lancashire Police are working on encouraging more BAME officers to apply to join us.”

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Ranked 4th in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List!

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In recognition of our continued dedication to workplace diversity, we have been ranked 4th in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List – a rise of 8 places up the list from last year where we placed 12th.  Now in its fifth year, the list has become the leading cross industry index harnessing best practice and innovation to drive inclusion for all.

Lancashire Constabulary’s position reflects the high standard to which they operate. As well as addressing areas of improvement, Lancashire Constabulary have developed and delivered high impact initiatives to actively implement solutions.

Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary, Terry Woods commented “I am absolutely delighted that our strong focus on diversity and inclusion has been so highly commended by the Inclusive Top 50 Companies Award judges. Rising from last year’s position of 12th to 4th place, reflects our commitment and hard work across the organisation to encompassing equality and inclusion.  Inclusion is absolutely vital to us as we strive to keep our communities safe and feeling safe – we can only be effective in that if our workforce is truly reflective of the communities we serve. We have more work to do in this area and are committed to delivering an integrated inclusive people-centred approach to everyone who chooses to work with us.”

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Four Decades Well-Spent

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Special inspector Peter Allen recently reached the impressive milestone of 40 years working as a volunteer to help keep our county’s communities safe.

Peter has worked pretty much everywhere, with everyone, and countless colleagues have called on him for advice and guidance over the years. But joining the Specials was not a decision he made quickly. Peter explained: “At school, the fathers of two of the lads in my year were Specials, my training officer at work was a Special, two pensioners at work were former Specials in Chorley during World War Two, and a member of the Specials sang in the choir at Church.

“In April 1980, my mother had been hit by a motorcycle sustaining some very serious injuries, and I remember rushing to the hospital and speaking to the traffic officer who was dealing with the accident. He was carrying my mother’s shopping bag with a shoe hanging out, I wondered what I would have done if I had been at the accident; I wanted to learn how to ‘help’ in some way.

“What finally tipped me into applying was seeing two lads I knew on duty in police uniforms in Penwortham. Whilst I’d been interested in the police I was also interested in vehicles, so joined Leyland Trucks as a commercial student in 1974. In all honesty, I didn’t feel I was good enough to be a police officer as I was never very good at sport and most of the lads I knew from school who joined the police were rugby players etc. However, I knew these two and thought if they can do it I will give it a shot.
“So I finally applied in July 1980, on my 24th birthday.”

Peter was proud to be accepted, and served his first 30 years in South Ribble, working across all divisions and at HQ after that. “This has given me a fantastic insight into policing in the many different and diverse communities across the county,” he said.

Away from his voluntary work, Peter carried out a balancing act with various roles and extensive travel in his main job at the company which began as Leyland Trucks. Peter said: “I worked full-time until I was 50 then shifted to working part-time as my father was struggling caring for my mother. Having a free day during the week enabled me to take my parents to appointments. My father always booked them at 11 am on a Friday so we could call in at the chip shop on the way home.”

Would Peter recommend the Specials to people? “Absolutely. Firstly if you want to be a cop you can try before you buy, and if it’s not right for you then you haven’t ruined your career. It gives you an insight into other important roles supporting the police. I’d also recommend it to public-spirited people who want to give something back to society.”

Peter retired at 55 but still enjoys his role at Lancashire Police: “I think I have been able to make a difference and the police have taught me a number of skills that I have applied in life,” he said. “I have made a lot of good friends over the years, and having police experiences as a Special helps you prioritise things in life and not worry about trivial things.”
Peter has made an excellent contribution to our communities over the year, and we are extremely grateful to him for his service and wisdom. We hope to keep him in the Lancashire Police family for many more years to come.

Being a Special is an incredibly rewarding career which attracts people from all walks of life. Could a voluntary role helping to keep the people of Lancashire safe be for you? Find out more here. (link to Specials page)

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As One Canine Career Comes to an End Another Begins Celebrating Fearless Force Members – PDs Zeus and Koa

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Our intrepid Police Dogs are highly respected members of our Constabulary, and sadly we will soon be saying goodbye to one of our most exceptional colleagues, PD Zeus.

The 10-year-old Dutch Herder is due to retire, making way for the young ones as we welcome new recruit PD Koa.

Zeus is the oldest General Purpose dog on the department. A police dog for seven years, he is also a Tactical Firearms Support Dog. As part of his TFSD role Zeus has helped protect lots of VIPs, including members of the Royal Family. Everyone knows when Zeus is on duty as he’s so vocal you can hear him barking in the van from half a mile away.


Throughout his career PD Zeus has helped arrest numerous baddies and locate stolen property and discarded weapons. This year he assisted in tracing a missing women so she could get the help and treatment she needed, and his proudest moment whilst working with his firearms colleagues was being instrumental in the arrest of two murder suspects.

Now ready to put his paws up, Zeus will continue to live with his handler during retirement following his valiant work helping to keep Lancashire’s public safe.


Snapping at his heels is PD Koa, a Malinois Cross Herder. Koa has had a cracking start to his career, aiding in numerous arrests across Lancashire, including one which involved taking his handler along the muddiest track we’ve ever seen in hot pursuit of a suspect. He is certainly one brave, bold dog. Nothing fazes him whatsoever. He can be snoring in the van one minute and up raring to go as soon as the van stops. Koa is clearly following courageously in Zeus’s footsteps.


It’s no wonder a career as a Police Dog Hander is so sought after. Apart from having the honour of living and working with incredible dogs like Zeus and Koa, the training is second to none.

Our Dog Training Unit at Lancashire Constabulary’s Hutton HQ is known not only throughout the country but globally, thanks to its world-class courses.


Do you have what it takes to be a Police Dog Handler?

Find out more here:

https://www.lancashire.police.uk/about-us/our-organisation/dog-unit/#:~:text=Lancashire%20Police%20Dog%20Training%20Unit%20is%20known%20not,but%20globally%2C%20thanks%20to%20its%20world-class%20training%20courses

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