Lancashire Constabulary Exceeds Government Recruitment Targets

More than 600 additional police officers joined Lancashire Constabulary within the last 4 years, exceeding their target to recruit 509 additional officers set by the government. 

Lancashire Constabulary are proudly celebrating after recruiting an additional 612 police officers, many of whom have completed their training and others on their way towards becoming fully-fledged officers, serving alongside their committed colleagues. 

Since September 2019, over 11,000 applications were submitted to join as a Police Officer on one of the 5 different entry routes into policing that Lancashire Constabulary offer. 

Chief Constable Chris Rowley, pictured at a recent kit inspection said: “I am pleased we have exceeded our recruitment target and welcome these new officers as they join the Lancashire Police family. I have been able to speak with almost all of these new recruits and am filled with confidence that they will serve the communities of Lancashire to the very highest of standards. 

“These new recruits take our police officer headcount to 3,587, who serve the 1.5 million people living in the diverse communities of Lancashire. We are particularly proud that we are the only force to have recruited more female officers and have also increased representation from black and minority ethnicities. It has taken an incredible amount of work to get to this strong position and I know we will reap the benefits in our communities moving forwards” 

“I wanted to take this opportunity to once again thank all of those different departments who have worked tirelessly and gone above and beyond their daily business to exceed this exceptional target. I would also like to thank all our officers who have chosen to serve in Lancashire. I am delighted to hear about the positive impact they are already making.” 

Andrew Snowden, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said: 

“I’m delighted that we have exceeded our Police Uplift recruitment target in Lancashire, with 612 additional officers now either recruited, in training or already out taking the fight to criminals. I also want to thank the Constabulary for all their work in getting us to this point, with teams from HR to vetting to the training school and numerous others.  

“It represents an exciting time for policing in Lancashire as more and more officers gain the knowledge and experience to make a real difference in the fight against crime across the county, with visible, community focused policing making people and the communities they live and work in safer. 

“I continue to meet more new recruits when out with officers on the beat and seeing the difference they are already starting to make, with the bolstering of neighbourhood teams and more proactive policing capability already being put into our communities, there really will be no place to hide for criminals who operate here in Lancashire.   

“It’s through these new recruits and my close work with the Chief Constable that we will see the best possible use of additional resources coming into Lancashire, tackling anti-social behaviour, disrupting criminal gangs and delivering on the other key priorities in my Fighting Crime Plan.” 

Recruitment will continue through 2023/24 with a variety of entry routes available to join Lancashire Constabulary. 

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Q&A session with Police Officer Steph

We went out on car patrol with PC Steph and asked her lots of  questions about her experience of joining as a Police Officer on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme. 

Find out what she has to say about the role including the challenging elements and the best part about the role and what she is looking forward to the most in the future.

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Police Cadets Q&A session

Ahead of Police Cadet recruitment we recently asked our followers on Instagram to submit their questions to our Police Cadets about being a Police Cadet.

We put those questions to some of our Cadets and filmed their responses.

Watch on to see what they have to say!

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50 new Officers hit the beat in Lancashire!

We have this week welcomed fifty new officers to the front line of the Lancashire Constabulary family.

And the new recruits will now be heading out across the county to begin their careers serving and protecting the communities of Lancashire.

Two attestation ceremonies were held at Lancashire Constabulary HQ this week to swear in the new officers who have joined through the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

The recruits were sworn in by Chief Constable Chris Rowley and Deputy Chief Constable Sacha Hatchett and joined by family and friends.

PC Awais Hussain said “The attestation ceremony is a really special day for me and my family, as this is the beginning of my career as a Police Constable.  I am devoting my time and effort to serving communities and that is really important to me.”

PC Victoria Hill said “It is great to share this special day in front of my family in particularly my dad as he worked at Lancashire Constabulary.  He is my inspiration and I hope that I can achieve just as much in my career as he did.”

Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: It’s fantastic to officially welcome these new officers to the Lancashire Constabulary family. They have been through a rigorous selection and training programme and I am immensely proud of what they have achieved so far and I look forward to following their careers as they help and protect the communities of Lancashire.

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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.

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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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Thinking about becoming a Police Officer?

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We caught up with some of our officers to talk to them about the recruitment process and what it is like to be a Police Officer at Lancashire Police.

If you are thinking about joining us on any of our entry pathways, get the inside knowledge from some of our officers about choosing this exciting and rewarding career…

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