Police host evening events to attract new officers and volunteers

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Residents with an interest in working or volunteering for Bedfordshire Police are being offered the chance to find out more about the work.

The force is hosting a series of information evenings aimed at those with sights set on becoming a full-time police officer or a member of the Special Constabulary.

The force, which wants to be an employee of choice, is interested in recruiting local people, with local knowledge, who reflect the diverse communities it serves.

The first information evening for would-be police officers will be held between 6.30pm and 8pm on Monday, 16 February, at force headquarters in Woburn Road,

Kempston. The second will be between 6pm and 7.30pm at Bury Park Community Centre, Dunstable Road, Luton on Tuesday, 24 February.

Guests can look forward to inputs from serving police officers, members of the training team and recruitment experts.

There will also be a question and answer session.

To be a police officer you need to be over 18-years-old, physically fit and of good character.

Those interested in becoming a Special Constable are being given three dates for their diaries. Presentations will be at Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday, 3 March and and Monday, 11 May, and at Kempston headquarters on Monday, 13 April.

Special Constables need to be over 18 and prepared to commit 16 hours a month.

They work shoulder to shoulder with regular officers, PCSOs and staff.Information evening places are limited and must be booked via the force website at www.bedfordshire.police.uk. Visit the ‘Recruitment’ page followed by ‘Events’.

Visitors will also find details of other opportuinities at the force, such as how to become a member of staff, a PCSO, service volunteer of paid intern.