A job like no other – We’re recruiting for police officers
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The force has gone from a total number of police officers of 2,263 on April 1 2021 to 2,349 on March 31 2022 – a four per cent increase.
In total 228 new police officers were recruited, which were funded through a combination of the Government Uplift programme and the police precept - the portion of council tax local households pay to support policing.
We have more women in post than ever before (36 per cent) and we are among the top forces in the country for representation of officers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. (9.1 per cent)
Leicestershire is now open for new police officer applications as part of our Degree Holder Programme. (DHEP)
To be eligible apply for this entry route you need to be an existing degree holder or be in the final year of study for your degree.
If successful in your application you will undertake a two-year initial training programme, which combines on the job training with some academic work and you’ll go on to achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with De Montfort University.
After two years you can seek to specialise in role or seek promotion opportunities through the ranks.
You’ll receive a starting salary of £24,780 which can rise to a maximum of £41,307 within seven years if you stay at the same rank.
Sergeant Yusuf Nagdi, of the force’s Recruitment Team, said: “Our graduate programme has proved really successful over the last couple of years, attracting some fantastic candidates.
“We have also seen an increase in people coming to us from different communities and being more representative of the communities which we as the police serve.
“Policing is a career that offers so many opportunities for people. It allows people to develop themselves and try different aspects or specialisms but ultimately it is all about helping the public.”
PC Leigh Bond has been a police officer for four-and-a-half years after originally completing a Biomedical Science degree and first worked as a lab assistant.
He said: “I love the diversity of the job. There’s something different every day and no two jobs are the same. It’s unpredictable, exciting and you do make a difference.
“It is challenging but I want to help change people’s views of policing.
“It is one of the best jobs you can have - the camaraderie and friends you make you just don’t find that elsewhere. I always feel like people have my back.
“I genuinely think what I do makes a difference. Protecting the vulnerable and helping people who can’t help themselves. I often think when I am dealing with people how would my grandma view it and how would she like to be dealt with.”
If you’re interested in becoming a police officer or a career with Leicestershire Police please visit the Join Us section of our website.